DALLAS (FWAA) – Three finalists for the
71st Outland Trophy, which is awarded to the best
interior lineman in college football on offense or defense, were
named on Monday by the Football Writers Association of America:
Ohio State center Pat Elflein, Washington State
offensive guard Cody O'Connell and Alabama offensive
tackle Cam Robinson.
The winner of the 2016 Outland Trophy will be announced Thurs.,
Dec. 8, on The Home Depot College Football Awards on ESPN, the main
show beginning at 7 p.m. ET from the National Football Foundation's
College Football Hall of Fame in Atlanta.
Elflein, a 6-3, 300-pound senior from Pickerington, Ohio, has
started all 11 games for the second-ranked Buckeyes (10-1), who
play Michigan on Saturday in a showdown of Big Ten East Division
powers. He is the only senior on Ohio State's offensive line and
has 40 career starts. He played guard was named All-Big Ten First
Team twice as a sophomore and junior prior to this season, but moved
to center because he projects to play the position in the NFL. The
Buckeyes rank fifth in the nation in scoring (43.8 ppg), eighth
in rushing offense (263.1 ypg) and 21st in total offense (493.1
O'Connell, a 6-8, 354-pound junior guard from Wenatchee, Wash.,
helps trigger Washington State's high-octane offense that ranks
second in the country in passing, led by quarterback Luke Falk.
The Cougars (8-3) will host Washington on Friday to determine the
Pac-12 North Division champion. Through the first nine games, O'Connell
had graded out at 92 percent while not allowing a sack. He has 23
knockdowns through nine games in 364 pass plays. Washington State
is 10th in the nation in both scoring (42.5 ppg) and total offense
Robinson, a 6-6, 310-pound junior from Monroe, La., is the top
offensive tackle on the No. 1-ranked team in college football that
produces 477.6 yards per game. He has started every game at left
tackle since he has been on campus (39 straight games). He is second
on the team with 19 knockdown blocks through the first nine games.
He has been a five-time offensive player of the week by the Alabama
coaching staff. Robinson played a great game in the victory at LSU,
with no sacks allowed and no penalties and had a similar game vs.
Tennessee. He has blocked for 10 100-yard rushers this season. Alabama
ranks 14th in the country in scoring (40.3 ppg), 13th in rushing
(249.8 ypg) and 27th in total offense (477.6 ypg).
Alabama, Ohio State and Washington State all have had previous
Outland Trophy winners. The Buckeyes lead the group with four previous
winners: Jim Parker (1956), Jim Stillwagon (1970), John Hicks (1973)
and Orlando Pace (1996). Alabama didn't have a winner until 1999,
but now has three previous winners: Chris Samuels (1999), Andre
Smith (2008) and Barrett Jones (2011). Washington State's lone previous
winner is Rien Long (2002).
Outland Trophy, which is named after the late John
Outland, an All-America lineman at the University of Pennsylvania
in the late 1800s, is the third-oldest player award in major-college
football behind the Heisman Trophy and Maxwell Award. It has been
awarded to the best interior lineman in college football on offense
or defense since 1946 when Notre Dame's George Connor was named
For the 20th consecutive year, the presentation of the Outland
Trophy will occur in Omaha, on Jan. 11, 2017, at a banquet sponsored
by the Greater Omaha Sports Committee. At the same banquet, Oklahoma
offensive lineman Greg Roberts will receive an Outland Trophy. Roberts
was the 1978 winner of the award before trophies were handed out
by the FWAA. His Oklahoma coach, the legendary Barry Switzer, will
receive the third annual Tom Osborne Legacy Award during the evening.
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 700 years of tradition-selection excellence. Visit ncfaa.org
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a non-profit organization founded in 1941, consists of more than
1,300 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 its annual
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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
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