ATLANTA (FWAA) Offensive guard Joshua
Garnett was announced as Stanford's first Outland
Trophy winner on Thursday evening during The Home Depot
College Football Awards on ESPN.
Garnett, a 6-5, 321-pound senior from Puyallup, Wash., claimed the
70th annual Outland as the nation's most outstanding interior
lineman over two other finalists Baylor offensive
tackle Spencer Drango and Alabama defensive tackle A'Shawn Robinson
at the 25th annual show, which was held for the first time
at the College Football Hall of Fame.
Garnett, a human biology major, is the first offensive guard
to win the Outland Trophy since Nebraska's Aaron Taylor in 1997.
Garnett has been a dominant run blocker for the Pac-12
champions, who have scored 30 or more points in each of its past 12 games. He has
started 28 straight games for Stanford, which has rushed for at
least 100 yards in 47 of its last 50 games. Garnett, a team captain,
is a great finisher of blocks and through 13 games has 104 pancakes.
He has helped Stanford win the time of possession battle in 17 of
the last 19 games with his consistent offensive line play.
Overall, Stanford (11-2) leads the nation in time of
possession this season. Stanford ranks 19th in the Football Bowl
Subdivision in rushing offense and 18th in scoring heading into
a Rose Bowl battle with Iowa.
Garnett, Stanford's Player of the Game in a 55-17 victory over
Arizona, is one of the highest-rated guards for the NFL Draft next
spring. He is only Stanford's second Outland Trophy finalist after
offensive guard David DeCastro (2011), a NFL first-round pick of
the Pittsburgh Steelers. And he is the first West Coast player to
win the Outland Trophy since Washington State defensive tackle
Rien Long in 2002.
Garnett grew up a Washington Husky fan. "My dad Scott was a
big-time defensive line guy for them," Garnett said. "He later
played in the NFL, but then Stanford offered." And the rest is
history. He has been a standout on the line since his freshman
season on The Farm.
This season, Garnett's blocks have often sprung Heisman Trophy
candidate and all-purpose star, sophomore Christian McCaffrey, for
long runs. On his twitter account (@IamJoshG), Garnett is pushing
McCaffrey for the Heisman Trophy.
"It is easy to block for a guy so explosive and quick,"
Garnett said of his protιgι, who is also in Atlanta this week and
on his way to New York for the Heisman announcement on Saturday
Notre Dame's Ross Browner, the 1976 Outland Trophy winner, made
the presentation to Garnett at the College Football Hall of Fame,
where Browner is already a member, inducted into the Hall in 1999.
The Outland Trophy, which has been awarded annually
by the Football Writers Association of America since 1946, is named after the late John Outland, an
All-America lineman at Pennsylvania in the late 1800s. It is the
third oldest player 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, 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
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the most prestigious awards in college football. The 22 awards boast
over 700 years of tradition-selection excellence. Visit ncfaa.org
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