ATLANTA (FWAA) – Alabama nose guard
Quinnen Williams was named the recipient of the
73rd Outland Trophy on Thursday night during The Home
Depot College Football Awards from the College Football Hall
2018 Outland Trophy, presented by the National Foundation
for Infectious Diseases (NFID), is awarded annually to
the nation’s best college interior lineman on offense or defense.
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.
Quinnen Williams is the first of Alabama’s now five Outland Trophy
winners to play on defense. The other four Crimson Tide winners
– Chris Samuels (1999), Andre Smith (2008), Barrett Jones (2011)
and most recently Cam Robinson (2016) were all offensive tackles.
Williams was selected from a list of three finalists that included
Alabama teammate Jonah Williams, an offensive tackle, and Clemson
defensive tackle Christian Wilkins. He is just the second sophomore
to win the award, following Houston’s Ed Oliver last season.
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.
The 6-foot-4, 295-pound sophomore from Birmingham, Ala., was
an unknown first-time starter when Alabama opened its season and
was not mentioned on any preseason All-SEC teams by coaches or media.
But Williams immediately became a dominant presence on a front line
that has held its opponents to 117.0 rushing yards per game and
helped the Crimson Tide’s defense rank fourth in the nation, allowing
only 14.8 points per game, and ninth in the nation, giving up 295.4
yards per game. Including last week’s Southeastern Conference Championship
Game, Williams leads Alabama with 18 tackles for loss and in yardage
with 85 yards lost. His 8.0 sacks were second on the team but lead
Alabama with minus-57 yards from those sacks.
Despite being in the middle of the line, Williams is third on
the team with 66 total tackles and tied for the team lead with 42
unassisted tackles. He won the SEC’s Defensive Player of the Week
award three times this season, and earlier this week was one of
three players to earn Alabama’s Defensive Player of the Year Award,
and one of four to earn the team’s Outstanding Defensive Player
based on tackles and points given by the coaches.
Williams gained national attention with his play in Alabama’s
keynote prime-time win Nov. 3 at LSU when he posted career-high
numbers for tackles (10) and sacks (2.5) and tied his career-best
in tackles for loss (3.5) that helped the Crimson Tide limit LSU
to 196 yards of total offense. Williams clogs the middle and allows
those around him to create havoc – Alabama has had at least 10 tackles
for loss in five of 13 games and the Crimson Tide’s 42 sacks are
No. 5 nationally. Williams had two tackles for loss (for minus-12
yards) and a sack last week as Alabama defeated Georgia 35-28 in
the SEC Championship Game.
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, has served 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 to learn more about our story.
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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