OMAHA (FWAA) – Six semifinalists for the
2013 Outland Trophy – five
offensive linemen and one defensive tackle – were announced on Tuesday
night during a reception hosted by the Greater Omaha Sports Committee.
The Football Writers Association of America (FWAA), in a call
of its 2013 All-America Committee, has determined the following
six players as semifinalists for the 2013 award: Aaron Donald, Pittsburgh
defensive tackle; Cyrus Kouandjio, Alabama offensive tackle;
Matthews, Texas A&M offensive tackle; Cyril Richardson, Baylor offensive
guard; Bryan Stork, Florida State center; and
David Yankey, Stanford
The field for the Outland Trophy, which is awarded to the best
interior lineman in college football on offense or defense, will
be reduced to three in the next week. Those finalists will be announced
on Nov. 25 and featured on ESPN the following evening at 5:30 p.m.
ET. The winner of the 68th Outland Trophy will be revealed on Thursday,
Dec. 12 on ESPN during the The Home Depot College Football Awards
from the Dance Hall on the Disney Boardwalk in Lake Buena Vista,
Pittsburgh, Alabama and Texas A&M have had previous players claim
the Outland Trophy; Baylor, Florida State and Stanford have never
produced a winner. Last year's winner and the No. 2 overall pick
in the 2013 NFL Draft, Texas A&M offensive tackle Luke Joeckel,
was the Aggies' first Outland winner and now is on the roster for
the Jacksonville Jaguars.
Alabama has had multiple winners, including the 2012 winner Barrett
Jones, who played several spots on the offensive line for the Tide's
recent national championship teams and is now a rookie on the St.
Louis Rams' roster. Pittsburgh's winner, Mark May (in 1980), is
a current ESPN analyst, College Football Hall of Famer and former
The current candidates ...
Donald, 6-0, 285-pound senior from Pittsburgh, Pa., has had the
most productive season in college football for a defensive tackle.
He leads the country in tackles for a loss per game (2.3) by a wide
margin and he is tied for sixth in sacks. He also has four forced
fumbles. A tackle with great agility, he's often double teamed and
even at times tripled teamed.
Kouandjio, 6-6, 310-pound junior from Hyattsville, Md., is one
of the mainstays on the Crimson Tide's offensive line that has produced
an Outland Trophy winner or finalist the past two seasons. The unbeaten
Crimson Tide, possibly headed for a third straight national title,
has scored 50 touchdowns and averaged 38.8 points per game.
Matthews, a 6-5, 305-pound senior from Missouri City, Texas,
actually moved over to Joeckel's left tackle spot this season and
has been the main protector for Heisman Trophy-winning quarterback
Johnny Manziel now that Joeckel is in the NFL. Matthews is a returning
FWAA All-American from a year ago.
Richardson, 6-5, 340-pound senior from Fort Worth, Texas, is
described as a "dominating drive blocker" in some reviews. He's
one of the major reasons Baylor has the nation's top scoring offense.
He has played tackle, but moved back to guard these past two seasons.
Baylor's rushing game averages just over 300 yards per game, while
the Bears are averaging a remarkable 61.2 points per game to lead
Stork, 6-4, 300-pound senior from Vero Beach, Fla., has played
every position on the offensive line and is the top lineman on the
No. 2-ranked Seminoles' powerful offense which averages 52.7 points
a game. A fifth-year player, he has made 36 career starts.
Yankey, 6-5, 311-pound senior from Roswell, Ga., anchors Stanford's
strong offensive line and is a pulling guard for the Cardinal's
running game. In Stanford's 26-20 victory over Oregon, it ran the
ball on all 17 of its fourth-quarter offensive snaps. He has 35
The Outland Trophy, which has been awarded annually by the FWAA
since 1946, is named after the late John Outland, an All-American
lineman at the University of Pennsylvania in the late 1900s. The
Outland Trophy is the third-oldest award in major college football
behind the Heisman Trophy and Maxwell Award.
For the 17th consecutive year, the presentation banquet of the
Outland Trophy will occur in Omaha. The official 2013 Outland Trophy
presentation to the winner will be at a banquet sponsored by the
Greater Omaha Sports Committee. At the same banquet, North Carolina
State center Jim Ritcher will receive an Outland Trophy, which is
sponsored by the Downtown Omaha Rotary Club. He was the 1979 winner
of the award before trophies were handed out by the FWAA.
This year the Outland Trophy Award Dinner will be held Thursday,
Jan. 9, 2014, at 7 p.m., at the DoubleTree Hotel, 16th & Dodge Streets.
Tickets are $75 and tables of ten sell for $750. Also appearing
at the dinner for the 16th straight year will be the winners of
Nebraska's football senior awards – the Novak Trophy, the Chamberlin
Trophy and the Cletus Fischer Native Son Award.
The Outland Trophy is a member of the National College Football
Awards Association (NCFAA). The NCFAA encompasses the most prestigious
awards in college football. The 21 awards boast 678 years of tradition-selection
excellence. Visit ncfaa.org to learn more about our story.
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. 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 Greater Omaha Sports Committee, founded in 1977, is a 501(c)3
non-profit organization, consisting of more than 300 men and women
from the City of Omaha and the State of Nebraska. The membership
serves to communicate, develop, initiate and promote sports activities
in the Greater Omaha sports area.
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