DALLAS (FWAA) – For their outstanding individual
performances and for leading their teams to undefeated records through
eight games and into contention for the College Football Playoff,
Clemson offensive tackle Mitch Hyatt and Notre
Dame defensive tackle Jerry Tillery have earned
Outland Trophy National Player of the Month honors
for October 2018, as selected by the Football Writers Association
of America and presented by the National Foundation
for Infectious Diseases (NFID).
Outland Trophy, presented by the National Foundation for Infectious
Diseases, is awarded annually to the nation's best college interior
lineman. NFID is presenting the trophy to help increase awareness
about the importance of annual flu prevention. Getting vaccinated
each year is your best line of defense against the flu. This is
the first season the FWAA has selected national players of the month.
Hyatt, the Outland Trophy Offensive Player of the Month, should
need little introduction for those following college football the
past three seasons. The 6-5, 310-pound senior from Suwanee, Ga.,
was an FWAA second-team All-American last year and now has 50 starts
in 51 games played at Clemson (8-0) that includes three consecutive
seasons and five career games in the College Football Playoff.
Clemson's anchor at left tackle, whose uncle Dan Benish was an
All-ACC defensive tackle on the Tigers' 1981 national championship
team, was the leading vote-getter in the preseason All-ACC selection
process. Hyatt has helped Clemson's offense approach record territory
as it looks to earn a 9-0 record for the third time in the last
four years (also 2015 and '16). The Tigers are attempting to tie
a school record Saturday by scoring 40 points in a fourth consecutive
game, and have won their last three by 60, 34 and 49 points. A 30-point
winning margin Saturday would make this the first Clemson team to
win four straight by 30-plus points.
The Tigers enter the week as the only program in the country
in the top 10 in both total offense (522.6 yards per game, tied
for eighth) and total defense (263.9, third). Hyatt and the rest
of the offensive line have helped running back Travis Etienne get
to the verge (845 yards) of a 1,000-yard rushing season as Clemson
has posted 450 yards of total offense in six straight games. The
Tigers' yardage differential (+258.7) is the best in the country.
More specifically to Hyatt's left tackle spot, the Tigers have allowed
only 12 sacks this season, and Saturday could post back-to-back
games with no sacks allowed for the first time since 2012.
Hyatt has had a decorated and expansive career at Clemson – his
expected 51st career start this Saturday against Louisville will
extend his school record for career starts by an offensive lineman,
and is one start shy of tying Clemson's school record of 52 for
any position held by kicker Chandler Catanzaro. Hyatt was the first
position player in Clemson history to record 50 career starts and
will likely break the school record for career snaps from scrimmage
against Louisville. The three-year letterman, with 3,343 career
snaps, needs only 19 more to pass center Dalton Freeman (2009-12)
for the all-time lead.
Tillery, the Outland Trophy Defensive Player of the Month, has
the Notre Dame (8-0) defense surpassing expectations as it goes
into a challenging final month of its regular season. The 6-6, 305-pound
senior from Shreveport, La., leads Notre Dame and is tied 11th nationally
with 7.0 sacks this season (ranked at 0.88 per game), and his 8.5
tackles for loss also lead the Irish and are tied for 79th nationally.
From his defensive tackle position, Tillery's 25 tackles, 16 of
them solo, are 10th on the team. He is also tied for ninth nationally
with 0.38 forced fumbles per game.
With Tillery plugging the middle, the Irish are 21st in the nation
in scoring defense at 19.1 points per game and have only given up
more than 17 points three times, each of them in a game they already
had in hand. Opponents have gone three-and-out on almost one-third
of their possessions against Notre Dame (29 of 104, 27.9 percent),
and the Irish have held opponents to only 12 touchdowns in 22 red
zone opportunities, and only 18 scores overall.
Tillery has started 21 consecutive games for the Irish and 35
games overall. Going into Saturday's game at Northwestern, 8.5 of
his 12.5 career sacks have come in his last 10 starts dating back
to last November. The three-year letterman plays big in the biggest
games – 11 of Tillery's 16 solo stops came in games against nationally-ranked
opponents Michigan, Stanford and Virginia Tech, along with six of
his seven sacks. He also produced a game-clinching turnover late
against Michigan, forcing a fumble that the Irish recovered.
The recipient of the 73rd Outland Trophy will be announced during
ESPN's The Home Depot College Football Awards on Dec. 6,
live from the College Football Hall of Fame in Atlanta. The official
presentation to the winner will be made at the Outland Trophy Awards
Dinner produced by the Greater Omaha Sports Committee on Jan. 9,
2019. Up to seven semifinalists will be named on Nov. 14 in Omaha
and three finalists for the award will be announced on Nov. 19.
University of Wisconsin All-American Joe Thomas,
the 2006 Outland Trophy winner who retired earlier this year after
a stellar 11-year career with NFL's Cleveland Browns, is serving
as the Outland Trophy #FightFlu ambassador on behalf of NFID. Thomas
has been an avid supporter of annual flu vaccination and is making
media appearances on behalf of the #FightFlu public awareness campaign
to remind everyone 6 months and older to get an annual flu vaccine.
The Outland Trophy is the third-oldest major
college football award. Created in 1946 when Dr. John Outland presented
the FWAA with a financial contribution to initiate the award, the
Outland Trophy has been given to the best interior lineman in college
football ever since. Dr. Outland, an All-American at the University
of Pennsylvania in the late 1890s, eventually took up practice in
Kansas City, Mo. An avid outdoorsman, Dr. Outland believed linemen
did not get the credit they deserved and wanted an award to recognize
The Outland Trophy is a member of the National College Football
Awards Association (NCFAA), which encompasses the most prestigious
awards in college football. Founded in 1997, the NCFAA and its 24
awards now boast over 800 recipients, dating to 1935. Visit ncfaa.org
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About the National Foundation for Infectious Diseases
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the public and healthcare professionals about the burden, causes,
prevention, and treatment of infectious diseases across the lifespan.
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