OUTLAND TROPHY AWARD DINNER

JANUARY 10, 2018  —  At Downtown Doubletree  Hotel- 16TH & DODGE ST ; OMAHA,NEBRASKA

PAST OUTLAND WINNERS

2017 OUTLAND TROPHY AWARD WINNER
Ed Oliver

University of Houston

Join us as we Recognize and Highlight Ed Oliver’s Collegiate Journey to receiving the Outland Trophy Award and becoming the 72nd Winner in Omaha Nebraska January 10th. Ed Oliver claimed the 72nd Outland Trophy on Thursday night during The Home Depot College Football Awards on ESPN from the College Football Hall of Fame.

The Houston native claimed the trophy that goes to the top interior lineman in college football, as chosen by the Football Writers Association of America. Oliver is the first Houston player to receive the Outland Trophy, as well as the first sophomore to win the award since its inception in 1946. The 6-foot-3, 290-pound tackle was chosen over finalists Quenton Nelson, a senior offensive guard at Notre Dame, and Oklahoma junior offensive tackle Orlando Brown.

“Ed Oliver is one of the rising young stars in college football,” said FWAA President Dave Jones of the PA Media Group. “On the defensive line he is prolific. He is one of the most aggressive defenders in college football who some day will be in the National Football League.”

“I’m not surprised. He’s the best lineman in college football – it is not even close,” said Houston head coach Major Applewhite. “Ed is just a tremendous player. He has a lot of great physical skill. He works to hone those skills every day. He is a technician. He has a 3.2 GPA over his first semesters and you don’t have to worry about him off the field.”

 

 

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Oliver is the fourth defensive tackle to win the Outland Trophy since 2007, following Pitt’s Aaron Donald (2013), Nebraska’s Ndamukong Suh (2009) and LSU’s Glenn Dorsey (2007). A true sophomore in 2017, Oliver will return next season to the Cougars as a junior. In Atlanta, he was flanked by Houston head coach Major Applewhite and his brother Marcus Oliver, a senior starting offensive guard for the Cougars.

Oliver was a second-team FWAA All-American as a freshman and a member of the FWAA’s Freshman All-America Team. He has established himself as arguably the nation’s top defensive player as a sophomore playing the nose tackle position in the Cougars’ three-man front. Oliver tallied 69 tackles in 11 games despite missing portions of two games due to injury. He recorded a career-high 14 tackles in the final game of the regular season against Navy, including a career-high tying 3.5 tackles for loss.

On the season, Oliver has 5.5 sacks, 14.5 tackles for loss, two forced fumbles, a fumble recovery, three pass breakups and seven quarterback hurries. Oliver was also one of five finalists for the FWAA’s Bronko Nagurski Trophy as the nation’s top defensive player. He is the first player from Houston to win the American Athletic Conference Defensive Player of the Year honor.

“Defensively, it all starts with their defensive tackle, Ed Oliver, who I think is probably the most impactful player in our conference, and one of the most impactful defensive linemen in the country,” said Memphis coach Mike Norvell. “At any of the schools I’ve coached at, if we were playing this young man, I’d say he’s one of the best defensive linemen, regardless of conference, regardless of where they are, he’s a phenomenal player. And when you take a phenomenal player and you surround him with so many other explosive athletes that can create problems with their defensive scheme, it leads you to some sleepless nights.”

Previously, Oliver was a five-star recruit at Houston’s Westfield High School and was generally regarded as the No. 1 player in the state of Texas in 2016, choosing the Cougars over Alabama, Baylor, LSU, Mississippi, Notre Dame, Oklahoma, Texas and Texas A&M.
Nebraska leads all schools with eight different Outland Trophy winners (nine total), followed by Oklahoma with five then Alabama, Ohio State and Iowa with four each.

The Outland Trophy, which has been awarded annually by the FWAA since 1946, is named after the late John Outland, an All-America lineman at Pennsylvania in the late 1800s. It is the third oldest player award in major-college football behind the Heisman Trophy and Maxwell Award.
For the 21st consecutive year, the presentation banquet of the Outland Trophy will occur in Omaha on Jan. 10, 2018, at a banquet sponsored by the Greater Omaha Sports Committee. At the same banquet, the fourth Tom Osborne Legacy Award will also be presented at the dinner. Osborne, the legendary former Nebraska coach, will present the award to Bobby Bowden, One of the most dynamic coaches in College Football. He has one of the highest winning percentages of any college football coach in history, has two National Championships and 14 ACC Championships. The Osborne Legacy Award will recognize a coach or player who made contributions to the Outland Trophy or interior line play in college football; or a former lineman who made great contributions to the game through charity or community work. Finally at the Dinner we recognize Nebraska Senior Awards – Tom Novak Award, Guy Chamberlin Award and the Cletus Fischer Native Son Award.

2016 OUTLAND TROPHY AWARD WINNER
Cam Robinson

Join us as we Recognize and Highlight Cam Robinson’s Collegiate Journey to receiving the Outland Trophy Award and becoming the 71st Winner in Omaha Nebraska January 11th. Cam Robinson claimed the 71st Outland Trophy on Thursday night during The Home Depot College Football Awards on ESPN from the College Football Hall of Fame.
It is the fifth time one school has swept the FWAA’s two major position awards in the same season: the Outland Trophy (best interior lineman in college football on offense or defense) and the Bronko Nagurski Trophy (best defensive player). But it is the first time two different players from the same school have won the awards in the same year. In the four other sweeps, it was the same player. Alabama defensive end Jonathan Allen claimed the FWAA’s Bronko Nagurski Trophy on Monday night in Charlotte.

Robinson, a 6-6, 310-pound junior from Monroe, La., is the top offensive tackle on the No. 1-ranked team in college football. He has started every game at left tackle since he has been on campus (42 straight games). He had 28 knockdown blocks in the regular season. He has been selected a six-time offensive player of the week by the Alabama coaching staff. He played a great game in the 10-0 victory at LSU, with no sacks allowed and no penalties. He has blocked for 10 100-yard rushers this season. In the 30-12 victory over Auburn in the Iron Bowl, Robinson graded out at 89 percent and did not allow a quarterback hurry or sack. He cleared a path for 203 rushing yards in that game.
“He certainly is a dominant offensive lineman on the college scene and should have a great future in the NFL,” said Steve Richardson, FWAA Executive Director. “He follows in a long line of outstanding linemen for the Tide. He is the third under Nick Saban since (2008) to win the Ourland Trophy. Alabama runs the ball with authority against just about everybody, and Robinson is a big reason why.”
Alabama ties Ohio State and Iowa with Outland winners at four – the third highest total by one school. Alabama didn’t have a winner until 1999, but now has Robinson, Chris Samuels (1999), Andre Smith (2008) and Barrett Jones (2011). Nebraska leads all schools with eight different Outland Trophy winners (nine total), followed by Oklahoma with five then Alabama, Ohio State and Iowa with four each.
The Outland Trophy, which has been awarded annually by the FWAA since 1946, is named after the late John Outland, an All-America lineman at Pennsylvania in the late 1800s. It is the third oldest player award in major-college football behind the Heisman Trophy and Maxwell Award.
For the 20th consecutive year, the presentation banquet 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 Greg Roberts, the 1978 winner, will receive an Outland Trophy. The Downtown Omaha Rotary Club has provided trophies to Outland winners prior to 1988, the year the FWAA began giving out the trophy.
The third Tom Osborne Legacy Award will also be presented at the dinner. Osborne, the legendary former Nebraska coach, will present the award to Barry Switzer, One of the most dynamic coaches in College and Professional Football. He has one of the highest winning percentages of any college football coach in history, and is one of only three head coaches to win both a college football national championship and a Super Bowl. The Osborne Legacy Award will recognize a coach or player who made contributions to the Outland Trophy or interior line play in college football; or a former lineman who made great contributions to the game through charity or community work.

2015 OUTLAND TROPHY AWARD WINNER
Joshua Garnett

Join us as we Recognize and Highlight Joshua’s Collegiate Journey to receiving the Outland Trophy Award and becoming the 70th Winner in Omaha Nebraska January 14th.
Garnett, a human biology major, is the first offensive guard to win the Outland Trophy since Nebraska’s Aaron Taylor in 1997.
Garnett has been a dominant run blocker for the Pac-12 champions, who have scored 30 or more points in each of its past 12 games. He has started 28 straight games for Stanford, which has rushed for at least 100 yards in 47 of its last 50 games. Garnett, a team captain, is a great finisher of blocks and through 13 games has 104 pancakes. He has helped Stanford win the time of possession battle in 17 of the last 19 games with his consistent offensive line play.
Overall, Stanford (11-2) leads the nation in time of possession this season. Stanford ranks 19th in the Football Bowl Subdivision in rushing offense and 18th in scoring heading into a Rose Bowl battle with Iowa.
Garnett, Stanford’s Player of the Game in a 55-17 victory over Arizona, is one of the highest-rated guards for the NFL Draft next spring. He is only Stanford’s second Outland Trophy finalist after offensive guard David DeCastro (2011), a NFL first-round pick of the Pittsburgh Steelers. And he is the first West Coast player to win the Outland Trophy since Washington State defensive tackle Rien Long in 2002.
Garnett grew up a Washington Husky fan. “My dad Scott was a big-time defensive line guy for them,” Garnett said. “He later played in the NFL, but then Stanford offered.” And the rest is history. He has been a standout on the line since his freshman season on The Farm.
This season, Garnett’s blocks have often sprung Heisman Trophy candidate and all-purpose star, sophomore Christian McCaffrey, for long runs. On his twitter account (@IamJoshG), Garnett is pushing McCaffrey for the Heisman Trophy.
“It is easy to block for a guy so explosive and quick,” Garnett said of his protégé, who is also in Atlanta this week and on his way to New York for the Heisman announcement on Saturday night.
The Outland Trophy, which has been awarded annually by the FWAA since 1946, is named after the late John Outland, an All-America lineman at Pennsylvania in the late 1800s. It is the third oldest player award in major-college football behind the Heisman Trophy and Maxwell Award.
For the 19th consecutive year, the presentation banquet of the Outland Trophy will occur in Omaha on Jan. 14, 2016, at a banquet sponsored by the Greater Omaha Sports Committee. At the same banquet, Maryland Randy White, the 1974 winner, will receive an Outland Trophy. The Downtown Omaha Rotary Club has provided trophies to Outland winners prior to 1988, the year the FWAA began giving out the trophy.
The second Tom Osborne Legacy Award will also be presented at the dinner. Osborne, the legendary former Nebraska coach, will present the award to Jim Ridlon, a Syracuse Orangeman two way player, who played 8 seasons as a safety in the NFL, became a renowned sports painter and sculptor that in 1988 was commissioned to design and sculpt the Outland Trophy, one of college football’s most prestigious awards. The Osborne Legacy Award will recognize a coach or player who made contributions to the Outland Trophy or interior line play in college football; or a former lineman who made great contributions to the game through charity or community work.

2008 Outland Trophy Finalists

2014 OUTLAND TROPHY AWARD WINNER
BRANDON SCHERFF

Join us as we Recognize and Highlight Joshua’s Collegiate Journey to receiving the Outland Trophy Award and becoming the 70th Winner in Omaha Nebraska January 14th.
Garnett, a human biology major, is the first offensive guard to win the Outland Trophy since Nebraska’s Aaron Taylor in 1997.
Garnett has been a dominant run blocker for the Pac-12 champions, who have scored 30 or more points in each of its past 12 games. He has started 28 straight games for Stanford, which has rushed for at least 100 yards in 47 of its last 50 games. Garnett, a team captain, is a great finisher of blocks and through 13 games has 104 pancakes. He has helped Stanford win the time of possession battle in 17 of the last 19 games with his consistent offensive line play.
Overall, Stanford (11-2) leads the nation in time of possession this season. Stanford ranks 19th in the Football Bowl Subdivision in rushing offense and 18th in scoring heading into a Rose Bowl battle with Iowa.
Garnett, Stanford’s Player of the Game in a 55-17 victory over Arizona, is one of the highest-rated guards for the NFL Draft next spring. He is only Stanford’s second Outland Trophy finalist after offensive guard David DeCastro (2011), a NFL first-round pick of the Pittsburgh Steelers. And he is the first West Coast player to win the Outland Trophy since Washington State defensive tackle Rien Long in 2002.
Garnett grew up a Washington Husky fan. “My dad Scott was a big-time defensive line guy for them,” Garnett said. “He later played in the NFL, but then Stanford offered.” And the rest is history. He has been a standout on the line since his freshman season on The Farm.

This season, Garnett’s blocks have often sprung Heisman Trophy candidate and all-purpose star, sophomore Christian McCaffrey, for long runs. On his twitter account (@IamJoshG), Garnett is pushing McCaffrey for the Heisman Trophy.
“It is easy to block for a guy so explosive and quick,” Garnett said of his protégé, who is also in Atlanta this week and on his way to New York for the Heisman announcement on Saturday night.
The Outland Trophy, which has been awarded annually by the FWAA since 1946, is named after the late John Outland, an All-America lineman at Pennsylvania in the late 1800s. It is the third oldest player award in major-college football behind the Heisman Trophy and Maxwell Award.
For the 19th consecutive year, the presentation banquet of the Outland Trophy will occur in Omaha on Jan. 14, 2016, at a banquet sponsored by the Greater Omaha Sports Committee. At the same banquet, Maryland Randy White, the 1974 winner, will receive an Outland Trophy. The Downtown Omaha Rotary Club has provided trophies to Outland winners prior to 1988, the year the FWAA began giving out the trophy.
The second Tom Osborne Legacy Award will also be presented at the dinner. Osborne, the legendary former Nebraska coach, will present the award to Jim Ridlon, a Syracuse Orangeman two way player, who played 8 seasons as a safety in the NFL, became a renowned sports painter and sculptor that in 1988 was commissioned to design and sculpt the Outland Trophy, one of college football’s most prestigious awards. The Osborne Legacy Award will recognize a coach or player who made contributions to the Outland Trophy or interior line play in college football; or a former lineman who made great contributions to the game through charity or community work.

Rest of the 2014 Outland Trophy Semi-Finalists

2013 Outland Trophy Finalists

Jake Matthews #75

Offensive Tackle
Height: 6-foot-5
Weight: 305 pounds
Class Year: Sr
High School: Elkins
(Missouri City, Texas)

2013 Outland Trophy Finalists

Following in the footsteps of last years Outland Award Winner Luke Joeckel, Texas A&M has slotted another Finalist in the Outland Trophy race. Jake Matthews would be the 2nd ever Aggie to garnish such an Award in as many years. In 2012 Jake was First-team All-American by the Football Writers of America Association … earned first-team All-SEC honors from the league’s coaches and the Associated Press … also earned second-team All-America honors from Walter Camp and third-team honors from the AP … part of the Aggie offense that outscored opponents nearly 2-to-1, led the SEC in rushing, passing, scoring and total offense and ranked third nationally in total offense and scoring offense … blocked for freshman quarterback Johnny Manziel in a record-breaking season that earned him the Heisman Trophy … served as the team’s deep snapper.

Cyril Richardson #68

Offensive Guard
Height: 6-foot-5
Weight: 340 pounds
Class Year: Sr
High School: North Crowley
(Fort Worth, Texas)

2013 Outland Trophy Finalists
ALL-BIG 12 CANDIDATE
ROTARY LOMBARDI AWARD CANDIDATE
OUTLAND TROPHY CANDIDATE

Dominant, powerful, All-American offensive lineman, fifth-year senior… 2012 All-American (second-team AP, SI.com, CBSSports)… Big 12 Offensive Lineman of Year (by league coaches)… Two-time All-Big 12 honoree… Veteran third-year starter with 38 career games played (sixth-most on squad) and 29 career starts (second-most on team) entering 2013 season… Played one season at tackle (2011)… Has benched 400 pounds and recorded 32 reps on 225-pound bench… Has squatted 665 pounds (highest on team)… Former Hurrican Katrina
refugee.
2012 (Junior): Starter in 12 games as junior, played all 13… Earned All-America honors (second team: AP, SI.com, CBSSports; third team: Phil Steele) and unanimous first-team All-Big 12 selection… Selected 2012 Big 12 Offensive Lineman of Year by league coaches… Star of offensive line that led Big 12 in rushing (231.7 ypg) and finished second nationally in total offense (572.2 ypg)… Posted team-best average coaches grade of 89.8 percent and team-high 105 knockdowns on season… Graded out at 90 percent or higher in each of final six games (reached 90 percent-plus grade and 9-plus knockdowns in final five games)… Led team in knockdowns in 10 of 13 games… Graded 90 percent and had six knockdowns in season-opening win over SMU… Recorded season-high 94 percent coaches grade (tied for top mark among linemen for season) and had team-high eight knockdowns in win over Sam Houston State in second game… Team-high nine knockdowns and 89 percent grade in win at ULM in third game… Led team in both coaches grade (89 percent) and knockdowns (nine) vs. TCU in fifth game… Made team-high eight knockdowns and graded 87 percent at UT in sixth game… Team-best nine knockdowns and grade of 86 percent at Iowa State in seventh game… Team-high 91 percent grade and five knockdowns in non-start win over Kansas in eighth game… Team-high eight knockdowns and 90 percent grade at No. 14 Oklahoma in ninth game… Led team with season-high 10 knockdowns as well as 92 percent grade in historic upset of No. 1 Kansas State in 10th game, team rushed for season-high 342 yards… Totaled team-best nine knockdowns and 91 percent grade in win over Texas Tech in 11th game… Equaled season-high of 10 knockdowns and graded 90 percent in win over No. 24 Oklahoma State in 12th game… Led team with nine knockdowns and earned 91 percent grade in Holiday Bowl win over No. 17 UCLA… Listed on preseason watch lists for Rotary Lombardi Award and Outland Trophy… Returned to guard position during spring 2012.

2012 Outland Trophy Finalists

Barrett Jones   #75

Offensive Center
Height: 6-foot-5
Weight: 302 pounds
Class Year:Sr
High School:
Evangelical Christian
(Memphis Tennessee)

Alabama offensive tackle Barrett Jones was named the 2011 winner of the Outland Trophy, became the third Crimson Tide player to win the award and was a finalist for the second consecutive year with hopes to be the second in Outland Award History to become a two time recipient, tieing Nebraska’s Dave Remington (81′, 82′).
. . Jones, a 6-5, 302 -pound senior from Germantown, Tenn., followed previous Outland Trophy winners from Alabama, offensive tackles Chris Samuels (1999), Andre Smith (2008) as last years (2011) winner. Jones is one of the most versatile and productive linemen in College Football. He has played guard, tackle and center on 2 National Championship teams at Alabama.
. . . “It was kind of fun, it was definitely a challenge,” Jones said. “I watched a lot of film. Playing all those positions gave me a greater understanding of the schemes and concepts of the entire offensive line. It helped me understand the big picture better.”

Jonathan Cooper #64

Offensive Guard
Height: 6-foot-3
Weight: 305 pounds
Class Year: Sr
High School:
Wilmington
(Wilmington, North Carolina)

Cooper, a 6-3, 305-pound senior from Wilmington, N.C., has been a standout lineman in the Atlantic Coast Conference this season and has not allowed a sack. He has been named ACC Offensive Lineman of the Week twice through games of Nov. 10. He has been one of the main reasons that North Carolina tailback Giovani Bernard has been one of the country’s top rushers. Cooper was seeking to become North Carolina’s inaugural Outland Trophy winner and the first from the ACC since North Carolina State’s Jim Ritcher in 1979. He is the first Outland finalist from UNC.

2011 Outland Trophy Finalists

David DeCastro #52

Offensive Guard
Height: 6-foot-5
Weight: 310 pounds
Class Year: Jr
High School:
Bellevue
(Washington)

DeCastro, a 6-5, 310-pound junior from Bellevue, Wash., is one of the top run blockers in college football for Stanford (10-1), which ranks 22nd in the country in rushing offense (209.0 yards per game), 24th in passing (276.6 yards per game) and 10th in total offense (485.6 yards per game). Considered the vocal leader of the offensive line, DeCastro, a three-year starter, is able to dominate the line and get to linebackers as well as protect standout quarterback Andrew Luck. In matchup with Washington’s mammoth defensive tackle Alameda Ta’amu, Castro dominated in a 65-21 Stanford victory.

Devon Still   #71

Defensive Tackle
Height: 6-foot-5
Weight: 310 pounds
Class Year: Sr
High School:
Howard
(Wilmington, Delaware)

Still, a 6-5, 310-pound senior from Wilmington, Del., has led a Penn State defense that ranks third nationally in points against (13.0 per game), trailing only Alabama and LSU. The Nittany Lions’ defense is eighth nationally in yards allowed per game (287.3). Still has been Penn State’s defensive leader and is tied for 11th in the country in tackles for loss (16.5 for 75 yards), of which four of those are sacks for 34 yards in losses. He has one pass breakup and one forced fumble. He has 53 total tackles (25 assisted) for a 9-2 team that is playing for a berth in the Big Ten Championship Game this weekend. He’s is a two-year starter who has overcome injuries that hampered him early in his college career.

2010 Outland Trophy Finalists

Nate Solder   #78

Rodney Hudson #62

Offensive Tackle
Height: 6-foot-9
Weight: 315 pounds
Class Year: Sr
High School:
Buena Vista
(Colorado)

Offensive Guard
Height: 6-foot-2
Weight: 282 pounds
Class Year: Sr
High School:
B.C. Rain HS
(Mobile, Al.)

DALLAS _Colorado’s   Nate Solder and Florida State’s Rodney Hudson were announced as two of the three finalists for the Outland Trophy by the Football Writers Association of America.

Solder CU’s starting left tackle, he is CU’s most decorated in the preseason since 2006 (PK Mason Crosby).  His top honor was being named to the prestigious Playboy Preseason All-America team; he also earned first-team honors from The Kickoff and Consensus Draft Services, second-team mention from Lindy’s Big 12 Football and Phil Steele’s College Football, and third-team from Athlon and CFI.  A unanimous preseason All-Big 12 selection, he is also one of 63 players on the watch list for the Outland Trophy and one of 75 for the Lombardi Award.  Rivals.com ranked him as the No. 72 player overall (all positions) in the nation, while Lindy’s rated him as the No. 3 offensive tackle, with Phil Steele tabbing him No. 7 on that same list.   ESPN.com ranked him as the No. 5 “freak” in the nation as far as conditioning is concerned; with less than 7 percent body fat on his frame, he power-cleans 415 pounds (for three reps), hang-cleans 473 (also three reps), owns a 4.88 time in the 40 and a 32-inch vertical jump.  Those numbers helped him earn the team’s Iron Buffalo Award for the second straight year for all offensive linemen.  He was also a co-recipient of the Greg Biekert Award for attention to detail.

Hudson a consensus preseason All-American and candidate for the Lombardi Award and Outland Trophy, Hudson is on the cusp of becoming one of the most decorated linemen in FSU history from his left guard position. Is poised to become the first offensive lineman in league history to earn All-ACC honors four times. Earned the Hinesman Award as the most dominant performer at the conclusion of spring practice and was also honored with the Matt Schmauch academic award.

The Outland Trophy, which has been awarded annually by the FWAA since 1946, is named after the late John Outland, a lineman at Pennsylvania at the turn of the century. The Outland Trophy is the third oldest award in major college football behind the Heisman Trophy and Maxwell Award.   The official 2010 award presentation will be Jan. 13, 2010, in Omaha, Nebraska at a banquet sponsored by the Greater Omaha Sports Committee. A Past Winner of, the Outland Trophy, will also receive his trophy there.

2009 Outland Trophy Finalists

Ndamukong Suh #93

Russell Okung #76

Defensive Tackle
Height: 6-foot-4
Weight: 300 pounds
Class Year: Sr
High School:Grant HS(Portland, Ore.)

Offensive Lineman

Height: 6-foot-5
Weight: 300 pounds
Class Year:
Sr
High School:
George Bush HS
(Richmond, TX)

DALLAS _Nebraska’s   Ndamukong Suh , Oklahoma State’s Russell Okung and Idaho’s Mike Iupati were announced as three finalists for the Outland Trophy on Monday by the Football Writers Association of America.  The winner of the Outland Trophy, which is awarded to college football’s top interior lineman on offense or defense, will be announced on The Home Depot ESPNU College Football Awards Show on Dec. 10 from the Walt Disney World Resort in Lake Buena Vista, Florida.

Suh, a  6-4, 300-pound senior defensive tackle, leads Nebraska in tackles with 35 unassisted and 30 assisted. He has 15 tackles for 52 yards in losses (6.5 sacks) , 10 pass break-ups, 20 quarterback  hurries, one interception, one forced fumble and three blocked kicks. Nebraska ranks eighth in the country in total defense and 14th in rush defense. The Portland, Oregon, native, a top NFL prospect, heads up the nation’s third-ranked scoring defense that has propelled the Cornhuskers to an 8-3 regular-season record heading into the regular-season finale at Colorado on Friday.

Okung, a 6-5, 300-pound senior from Houston, is often rated as the top offensive tackle NFL prospect  in college football. Heading into the regular-season finale against Oklahoma on Saturday, the durable Okung is slated for his 46th consecutive start for the Cowboys. He’s a big reason why the 9-2 Cowboys’ offense produces 203.5 yards a game on the ground. Twice during his career he has not allowed  a sack against the nation’s leader at the time_ the latest was an effort against Texas A&M end Von Miller this season.

Offensive Lineman
Height: 6-foot-6
Weight: 330 pounds
Class Year: Sr
High School:
Western HS
(Anaheim, Calif.)

Iupati, a 6-foot-6, 330-pound senior offensive guard, is projected as a high NFL draft pick and has been the anchor for the Vandals’ offensive line, which has helped produce more than 30 points a game this season and the 17th best passing offense in college football. Born in Samoa, Iupati, a high school wrestler and track star from Anaheim, California, has been one of the major reasons the Vandals have compiled a 7-4 record and are bowl-eligible heading into the regular-season finale again Utah State on Saturday.

Michael Oher   # 74

Duke Robinson  #72

Offensive Lineman Senior
Height: 6-5
Weight: 318
Previous Affiliations
Briarcrest Christian
Hometown Memphis, Tenn

Offensive Lineman Senior
Height: 6-5  Weight: 335
Previous Affiliations Washington HS
Hometown:    Atlanta, Ga.

2008 Outland Award Finalists
Ole Miss offensive tackle Michael Oher and Oklahoma guard Duke Robinson were named finalists for the 63nd Outland Trophy, which was awarded to Alabama’s  offensive tackle Andre Smith as the best interior lineman in college football.
Michael Oher   # 74
Oher, a 6-5, 318-pound senior from Memphis, Tenn., has started 45 straight games for the Ole Miss Rebels (7-4), who defeated LSU, 31-13, last Saturday and could be in line for a bid to the AT&T Cotton Bowl Classic. The subject of a book, “The Blind Side: The Evolution of a Game,” depicting his ascension from impoverished beginnings, Oher was named the Southeastern Conference Offensive Lineman of the Week after Ole Miss beat Louisiana-Monroe, 59-0, this season. Ole Miss is third in the SEC in rushing, with Oher helping pave the way. He is the first finalist for the award to come from Ole Miss.

Robinson, a 6-5, 335-pound senior from Atlanta, Ga., anchors the line for one of the most prolific offenses in college football at Oklahoma. The Sooners (10-1) throttled Texas Tech, 65-21, last Saturday and moved into serious contention for the national title. Oklahoma is third in the country in total offense and passing offense. Robinson, who is considered the Sooners’ best offensive lineman, is expected to be the first guard taken in the 2009 NFL Draft, but he also can play tackle. He is also looking to become the Sooners’ sixth winner of the Outland.