OMAHA (FWAA) Six semifinalists for the
2014 Outland Trophy five offensive linemen and
one defensive tackle were announced on Thursday night during a
reception hosted by the Greater Omaha Sports Committee.
The Football Writers Association of America (FWAA), in a call
of its 2014 All-America Committee, has determined the following
six players as semifinalists for the award, in alphabetical order:
Malcom Brown, Texas defensive tackle; Reese Dismukes, Auburn center;
Spencer Drango, Baylor offensive tackle;
Jake Fisher, Oregon offensive
tackle; Tré Jackson, Florida State offensive guard;
Scherff, Iowa offensive tackle.
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 players early next week. Those
finalists will be announced the evening of Nov. 25 on ESPNU from
6-6:30 pm ET during the College Football Awards Nomination
Special. The winner of the 69th Outland Trophy will be revealed
on Dec. 11 from 7-9 p.m. ET on ESPN on The Home Depot College Football Awards,
live from the Atlantic Dance Hall on
the Disney Boardwalk in Lake Buena Vista, Fla.
The current candidates ...
Malcom Brown, DT, Texas (6-2, 320, Jr., Brenham, Texas):
Brown leads the Longhorns with 6.5 sacks, a feat that hasn't been accomplished
by a defensive tackle in a dozen years in Austin. He paces the squad
with 14 tackles for loss and six quarterback pressures and has
forced two fumbles and recovered one. In his most recent game, he
had two sacks and forced a fumble in Texas' 28-7 victory at Oklahoma
State that made the Longhorns (6-5) bowl-eligible. "Malcom
is having an unbelievable season, an All-American year," Texas coach
Charlie Strong said. "He's so fun to watch because he plays with
great energy and is just a dominating player."
Dismukes, C, Auburn (6-3, 295, Sr., Spanish Fort, Ala.):
Dismukes has been the mainstay of the offensive line as a captain the last
two seasons. He has started in 47 games over four seasons at Auburn. A much-heralded recruit out of high
school, Dismukes is considered the glue of the offensive line that
grinds out yards in a triple-option attack. Auburn's rushing offense
ranks No. 8 in the country (272.8 yards per game), No. 18 in total
offense (485.4) and 26th in scoring (35.5).
Spencer Drango, OT, Baylor (6-6, 310, Jr., Cedar Park,
Texas): An imposing lineman for the explosive Baylor
Bears, who lead the country in scoring offense (50.1 points per
game) and total offense (585.1 yards per game) and third in passing offense
(354.2 yards per game). Drango leads all Bears with 31 career starts. The Bears
are 27th in
pass protection in the country, allowing just 13 sacks as
Drango fortifies at his left tackle spot.
Jake Fisher, OT, Oregon (6-6, 300, Sr., Traverse
City, Mich.): When Fisher missed two games earlier in the season
with a leg injury, Heisman Trophy candidate quarterback Marcus
Mariota was sacked 12 times and the Ducks lost
to Arizona. He's a vital cog on the offensive line, where he has
had to move to left tackle because of injuries to other players.
Oregon ranks fifth in the FBS in total offense, producing 531.2 yards
a game and a whopping 7.28 yards per play. He's a converted tight
end who also has played guard.
Tré Jackson, OG, Florida State (6-4, 330, Sr., Jesup, Ga.):
Florida State says Jackson "has the strength and agility to be
a dominant force in both run-blocking and pass-blocking and has
paved the way for (the) offense." He has started 22 straight
games and 38 in his career. This season, he is a three-time ACC Offensive Lineman
of the Week following games against N.C. State, Syracuse and Notre
Dame. He has recorded the top grade among Florida State offensive
linemen in eight of 10 games this season. The Seminoles rank 16th in
scoring offense (37.1 points per game) and 11th in passing offense (318.1
yards per game).
Brandon Scherff, OT, Iowa (6-5, 320, Sr., Denison, Iowa):
Scherff has started 23 straight games at left tackle for the 7-3 Hawkeyes.
In all, he has played in 41 games and started 33 of them. He has
been a strong leader in his four seasons at Iowa.
"Brandon came back for his senior year with a mission to prove,
and I think he has done that," said Iowa head coach Kirk Ferentz.
a leadership standpoint, having a guy play at an NFL level on a
college playing field has been important to our football team. The
toughness he brings, the attention to detail, the physical nature
of his play, he's pretty special."
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 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 18th consecutive year, the presentation banquet of the
Outland Trophy will occur in Omaha. The official 2014 Outland Trophy
presentation to the winner will be on Jan. 15, 2015 at a banquet
sponsored by the Greater Omaha Sports Committee. At the same banquet,
Notre Dame lineman Ross Browner will receive an Outland Trophy.
He was the 1976 winner of the award before trophies were handed
out by the FWAA.
The Outland Trophy is a member of the National College
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the most prestigious awards in college football. The 21 awards boast
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