DALLAS (FWAA) – Stanford offensive guard David DeCastro,
Alabama offensive tackle Barrett Jones and Penn State defensive
tackle Devon Still have been named finalists for the 66th
Outland Trophy, which is awarded to the best interior lineman
in college football by the Football Writers Association of America.
winner of the Outland Trophy, which will be decided by the FWAA
All-America Committee, will be announced on the evening of Dec.
8 during "The Home Depot College Football Awards" at the Walt Disney
World Resort in Lake Buena Vista, Fla. The show, hosted by Chris
Fowler, Lee Corso, Kirk Herbstreit and Desmond Howard, airs from
9-11 p.m. ET on ESPN.
DeCastro, a 6-5, 310-pound junior from Bellevue, Wash., is one
of the top run blockers in college football for Stanford (10-1),
which ranks 22nd in the country in rushing offense (209.0 yards
per game), 24th in passing (276.6 yards per game) and 10th in total
offense (485.6 yards per game). Considered the vocal leader of the
offensive line, DeCastro, a three-year starter, is able to dominate
the line and get to linebackers as well as protect standout quarterback
Andrew Luck. In matchup with Washington's mammoth defensive tackle
Alameda Ta'amu, Castro dominated in a 65-21 Stanford victory.
Jones, a 6-5, 311-pound junior from Memphis, Tenn., switched
from right guard to left tackle this season and is the lead blocker
for standout Crimson Tide running back Trent Richardson. The versatile
Jones, a three-year starter, has also seen action this season at
left guard, center and right tackle for second-ranked Alabama (10-1),
which ranks 16th in rushing offense (220.4 yards per game). He was
the SEC Offensive Lineman of the Week after Alabama throttled once-beaten
Arkansas, 38-14. In the 9-6 overtime loss to LSU, Jones helped Richardson
run for 169 yards.
Still, a 6-5, 310-pound senior from Wilmington, Del., has led
a Penn State defense that ranks third nationally in points against
(13.0 per game), trailing only Alabama and LSU. The Nittany Lions'
defense is eighth nationally in yards allowed per game (287.3).
Still has been Penn State's defensive leader and is tied for 11th
in the country in tackles for loss (16.5 for 75 yards), of which
four of those are sacks for 34 yards in losses. He has one pass
breakup and one forced fumble. He has 53 total tackles (25 assisted)
for a 9-2 team that is playing for a berth in the Big Ten Championship
Game this weekend. He's is a two-year starter who has overcome injuries
that hampered him early in his college career.
The Outland Trophy, which has been awarded annually by
the FWAA since 1946, is named after the late John Outland, an All-America
lineman at Pennsylvania at the turn of the century. The Outland
Trophy is the third-oldest award in major college football behind
the Heisman Trophy and Maxwell Award.
The official 2011 award presentation will be Jan. 12, 2012, in
Omaha, Neb., at a banquet sponsored by the Greater Omaha Sports
Committee. Minnesota's Bobby Bell, the 1962 Outland Trophy winner,
will be presented with the current edition of the Outland Trophy
at the event.
The Football Writers Association of America, a non-profit organization
founded in 1941, consists of more than 1,200 men and women who cover college football
for a living. The membership includes journalists, broadcasters and publicists,
as well as key executives in all the areas that involve the game. The FWAA works
to govern areas that include gameday operations, major awards and its annual All-America
team. For more information about the FWAA and its award programs, contact Steve
Richardson at email@example.com or 972-713-6198.
The Outland Trophy is a member of the National College
Football Awards Association (NCFAA). The NCFAA was founded in
1997 as a coalition of the major collegiate football awards to protect,
preserve and enhance the integrity, influence and prestige of the
game's predominant awards. The NCFAA encourages professionalism
and the highest standards for the administration of its member awards
and the selection of their candidates and recipients. For more information,
visit the association's official Web site, ncfaa.org.
"The Home Depot College Football Awards" airs live on
Thursday, Dec. 8, at 9 p.m. ET on ESPN. The show, hosted by ESPN's
Chris Fowler, Lee Corso, Kirk Herbstreit and Desmond Howard, will
feature the live presentation of nine player awards, along with
the recipients of Disney's Spirit Award; The Home Depot Coach of
the Year Award; the NCFAA (National College Football Awards Association)
Contributions to College Football Award; and student-athletes selected
to the Walter Camp All-America Team. Fans can visit the show's dedicated
espncollegefootballawards.com to find the latest college
football awards news, including show details, previous winners,
fan voting, a photo gallery and video highlights.
For more information on the Outland Trophy, go to the official
or contact FWAA executive director Steve Richardson (972-713-6198
site (outlandtrophy.com) |
All-time Outland winners
• National College
Football Awards Association (ncfaa.org)
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