DALLAS (FWAA) – Three finalists for the Outland
Trophy, the third-oldest player award in major college football,
were announced by the Football Writers Association of America
(FWAA) on Monday.
since 1946 to the best interior lineman in college football, the
Outland Trophy will be given out for the 67th time early next
month to either Alabama center Barrett Jones,
Texas A&M offensive tackle Luke Joeckel or
North Carolina guard Jonathan Cooper.
Jones, the 2011 Outland Trophy winner as an offensive tackle,
will be seeking to become only the second player in the award's
rich history to win it twice. Nebraska center Dave Rimington
claimed back-to-back Outland Trophies in 1981 and '82.
The FWAA selects a 26-man All-America team, which will be
announced on Dec. 14. The Outland finalists are interior linemen
members of that team as selected by the association’s award
committee, with input from the membership.
The three Outland finalists will be highlighted on ESPNU
during The Home Depot College Football Awards Nomination Special
airing Tuesday at 6 p.m. ET. The 30-minute show, hosted by Matt
Schick, will include player interviews and analysis from Kevin
Carter surrounding finalists for the Outland Trophy and other
members of the National College Football Awards Association
This year’s Outland Trophy winner will be revealed on ESPN
during The Home Depot College Football Awards airing live from
the Atlantic Dance Hall at Disney’s BoardWalk at the Walt Disney
World Resort on Thursday, Dec. 6 at 7:30 p.m. ET.
Jones, who followed previous Alabama Outland Trophy winners,
offensive tackles Chris Samuels (1999) and Andre Smith (2008),
as the 2011 winner, is one of the most versatile and productive
linemen in college football. He has played guard, tackle and
center on two national championship teams at Alabama. The 6-5,
302-pound senior from Germantown, Tenn., is also a finalist for
the William V. Campbell Trophy, the "Academic Heisman" that is
presented by the National Football Foundation.
Joeckel, a 6-6, 310-pound junior from Arlington, Texas, is
one of the mainstays of the powerful Texas A&M offensive line
that has made quite an impact in the school’s first season in
the Southeastern Conference. He has helped protect freshman
quarterback sensation Johnny Manziel during his rookie season.
Joeckel had a big game blocking in the Aggies' upset of
top-ranked Alabama in Tuscaloosa. Nationally, Texas A&M ranks
14th in rushing, 17th in passing, fifth in total offense and
sixth in scoring offense. Texas A&M has never had an Outland
Trophy winner or finalist.
Cooper, a 6-3, 305-pound senior from Wilmington, N.C., has
been a standout lineman in the Atlantic Coast Conference this
season and has not allowed a sack. He has been named ACC
Offensive Lineman of the Week twice through games of Nov. 10. He
has been one of the main reasons that North Carolina tailback
Giovani Bernard has been one of the country's top rushers.
Cooper is seeking to become North Carolina's inaugural Outland
Trophy winner and the first from the ACC since North Carolina
State's Jim Ritcher in 1979. He is the first Outland finalist
The Outland Trophy, named after the late
John Outland, an All-America lineman at Penn in the late 1800s,
will be officially presented on Jan. 10, 2013, in Omaha, Neb.,
at a banquet sponsored by the Greater Omaha Sports Committee. At
the same banquet, Arkansas defensive tackle Loyd Phillips will
receive an Outland Trophy. He was the 1966 winner of the award
before trophies were handed out by the FWAA.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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.
site (outlandtrophy.com) |
All-time Outland winners
• National College
Football Awards Association (ncfaa.org)
(for logo/photo downloads)
|2012 FWAA ALL-AMERICA
||Las Vegas Review-Journal
||Fort Worth Star-Telegram
||St. Louis Post-Dispatch
||Memphis Commercial Appeal
||Manchester Journal Inquirer
||Phil Steele Publications