ATLANTA (FWAA) Oregon offensive tackle
Penei Sewell was named the recipient of the
74th Outland Trophy on Thursday night during The
Home Depot College Football Awards from the College Football Hall
2019 Outland Trophy, presented by the National Foundation
for Infectious Diseases (NFID), is awarded annually to
the nations best college interior lineman on offense or defense.
NFID is presenting the trophy to help increase awareness about the
importance of influenza (flu) prevention. Getting vaccinated each
year is your best first line of defense against flu.
Sewell is the first Outland Trophy winner from Oregon and the
third consecutive sophomore to receive the prestigious award. Sewell
is just the eighth winner from a Pac-12 school and the third since
2000. He was selected by the All-America Committee of the Football
Writers Association of America (FWAA) from three finalists, including
Auburn defensive tackle Derrick Brown and Wisconsin center Tyler
Biadasz. The Ducks had two previous finalists in Jake Fisher (OT,
2014) and Haloti Ngata (DT, 2005).
The official presentation to the winner will be made at the National
Foundation for Infectious Diseases Outland Trophy Award Dinner sponsored
by Werner Enterprises on Jan. 15, 2020 in Omaha, Neb.
The 6-6, 325-pound true sophomore originally from Malaeimi, American
Samoa and then Desert Hills High School in St. George, Utah, showed
his dominance at left tackle early in the season. He was the Outland
Trophy Offensive Player of the Month for September as the Ducks
became the Pac-12's third-leading offense (26th nationally) behind
quarterback Justin Herbert. In 466 pass-blocking snaps this season,
Sewell allowed just seven quarterback pressures and no sacks. He
had eight games without allowing a pressure, hit and hurry on the
Sewell is the top-graded offensive lineman at any position by
Pro Football Focus, which gave him a national-best 95.5 run-blocking
grade and a 92.2 in pass-blocking, second nationally. The Pac-12
named him its Offensive Lineman of the Week award four times.
Oregon (11-2) is 16-3 over the last two seasons with Sewell in
the starting lineup and heads to its fourth Rose Bowl appearance
since 2010 and eighth overall on Jan. 1, 2020, where it will take
Former University of Pittsburgh tackle Mark May, the 1980 Outland
Trophy winner, has served as the 2019 Outland Trophy #FightFlu ambassador
on behalf of NFID. May is making media appearances on behalf of
the NFID #FightFlu public awareness campaign to remind everyone
age six months and older to get vaccinated annually against flu.
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 them.
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 25
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
Founded in 1973, the National Foundation for Infectious
Diseases (NFID) is a non-profit, tax-exempt 501(c)(3) organization
dedicated to educating the public and healthcare professionals about
the burden, causes, prevention, diagnosis, and treatment of infectious
diseases across the lifespan. Visit
nfid.org for more
About the Football Writers Association of America
Founded in 1941, the non-profit Football Writers Association of
America (FWAA) consists of more than 1,300 members, including journalists,
broadcasters, publicists and key executives in all areas of college
football. Led by current President Stefanie Loh of the Seattle Times,
longtime Executive Director Steve Richardson, and a board of veteran
journalists, the association continues to grow and work to help
college football prosper at all levels. Visit
for more information about the FWAA and its award programs.
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