OMAHA (FWAA) – Three finalists for the
2015 Outland Trophy – two offensive linemen and
one defensive tackle – were announced on Tuesday afternoon on
The Home Depot College Football Awards Nomination Special
The Football Writers Association of America
(FWAA), in a vote of its 2015 All-America Committee, has determined
the following three finalists for the award, in alphabetical order:
Baylor offensive tackle Spencer Drango, Stanford
offensive guard Joshua Garnett and Alabama defensive
tackle A'Shawn Robinson.
The winner of the 70th Outland Trophy, awarded to the best interior
lineman in college football on offense or defense, will be revealed
Thurs., Dec. 10 on ESPN on The Home Depot College Football Awards.
For the first time the show will originate from the College Football
Hall of Fame in Atlanta from 7-9 p.m. ET.
Here is a look at the three finalists:
Spencer Drango, OT, Baylor (6-6, 320, Sr., Cedar Park,
Texas): Drango has a team-high 45 career starts (23 consecutive)
for the powerful Bears' offensive line. He is also a William V.
Campbell Trophy finalist (top academic player). He is in his fourth
season as a starting left tackle for an offense that is on pace
to break an FBS record for total yards gained per game and is close
to the all-time scoring record in points per game. The Bears' offense
is No. 1 in scoring and yards gained per game in the FBS in 2015.
Drango is grading out at 93 percent and has 36 knockdowns. The veteran
Baylor offensive line has allowed just 12 sacks in 10 games.
Joshua Garnett, G, Stanford (6-5, 321, Sr., Puyallup,
Wash.): A dominant run blocker for the Cardinal, which
has scored 30 or more points in each of its past 10 games. He has
started 26 straight games for Stanford, which has rushed for at
least 100 yards in 45 of its last 48 games. Garnett, a team captain,
is a great finisher of blocks and through 11 games had 82 pancakes.
He has helped Stanford win the time of possession battle in 15 of
its last 17 games with his consistent play. Stanford is 15th in
the FBS in rushing offense and 21st in scoring.
A'Shawn Robinson, DT, Alabama (6-4, 312, Jr., Fort Worth,
Texas): A talented defender on the Crimson Tide's line
who has been one of the Alabama coaches' defensive players of the
game five times this season. He set the tone in the Crimson Tide's
recent 31-6 victory at Mississippi State with a career-high 2.5
sacks and leads the team with eight quarterback hurries to go with
a career-high 36 tackles. He has seven tackles for 23 yards in losses
this season and has broken up two passes, recovered a fumble and
blocked a kick. Alabama is tied for third in scoring defense and
is third in total defense in the FBS.
Alabama will be seeking its fourth Outland Trophy winner – all
since 1999. Chris Samuels (1999), Andre Smith (2008) and Barrett
Jones (2011) have collected the Tide's Outland Trophies. Stanford
and Baylor have never had a player win the Outland Trophy, but both
schools have had finalists: Baylor's Santa Dotson (1991) and Cyril
Richardson (2013) and Stanford's David DeCastro (2011).
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 19th consecutive year, the presentation of the Outland
Trophy will occur in Omaha, on Jan. 14, 2016, at a banquet sponsored
by the Greater Omaha Sports Committee. At the same banquet, former
Maryland defensive lineman Randy White will receive an Outland Trophy.
White, the 1974 winner of the award before trophies were handed
out by the FWAA, is a member of the College Football Hall of Fame
and a former star for the Dallas Cowboys.
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 22 awards boast
more than 700 years of tradition-selection excellence.
Celebrating its 75th season, the Football Writers Association
of America, a non-profit organization, consists of more
than 1,400 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 game-day operations, major awards and
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and its award programs, contact Steve Richardson at email@example.com
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in 1977, is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization, consisting of more
than 900 men and women from the City of Omaha, the State of Nebraska,
and others. The membership serves to communicate, develop, initiate
and promote sports activities in the Greater Omaha sports area.
In addition to the Outland Trophy Award Dinner, the Greater Omaha
Sports Committee promotes high school, college, and professional
sports in the Greater Omaha area and the Midwest.
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