DALLAS (FWAA) – Georgia defensive tackle
Jordan Davis was named the recipient of the
76th Outland Trophy on Thursday night during
The Home Depot College Football Awards on ESPN. The Outland
Trophy is awarded annually to the nation's best college interior
lineman on offense or defense and Davis is the second Georgia lineman
to earn the award.
Davis will be honored as the recipient of the 2021 Outland Trophy
on Wed., Jan. 12 in Omaha at a dinner hosted by the Greater Omaha
Sports Committee and sponsored by Werner Enterprises.
|Georgia's Jordan Davis
A 6-6, 340-pound senior from Charlotte, N.C., Davis was selected
by the All-America Committee of the Football Writers Association
of America (FWAA) from three finalists that also included N.C.
State offensive tackle Ikem Ekwonu and Iowa center Tyler Linderbaum.
Davis is the third Outland Trophy winner from the defensive side
of the ball in last five seasons, following defensive tackles Ed Oliver
of Houston in 2017 and Quinnen Williams of Alabama in 2018.
Each of the Bulldogs' Outland Trophy prior honorees have been
defensive tackles. Georgia's lone winner was Bill Stanfill in 1968
and offensive tackle Andrew Thomas was a semifinalist in 2019.
Davis is a commanding presence in the middle of the Georgia defensive
line, constantly double-teamed while closing interior running lanes
between the ends. His presence taking away the defensive middle
was a key in the Bulldogs leading the nation in scoring defense
giving up only 9.5 points per game as the only program in single-digits
and 5.5 points ahead of the next best unit. Georgia was also second
in total defense (254.3 yards per game), third in rushing defense
(81.7 ypg) and third in passing defense (172.6 ypg).
During Georgia's 12-0 start and consensus No. 1 ranking for the
bulk of the 2021 season, Davis posted 24 tackles, including 3.5
tackles for loss and two sacks and even included a short rushing
touchdown. He had four tackles in Georgia's loss to Alabama in
last week's SEC Championship Game, giving him 28 total tackles
for the season.
Davis was also a finalist for the FWAA's Bronko Nagurski Trophy
and is a finalist for the Chuck Bednarik Award, both recognizing
the national defensive player of the year.
The Bulldogs, seeded third, take on No. 2 Michigan in the College
Football Playoff Semifinals on Dec. 31 in the Capital One Orange
Bowl in Miami Gardens, Fla.
The Outland Trophy is the third-oldest major
college football award behind the Heisman Trophy and Maxwell 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 24 awards now boast over 800 recipients, dating
to 1935. Visit ncfaa.org to learn more about our story.
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