JANUARY 13, 2021 - At the Hilton Omaha Hotel - 1001 Cass St, OMAHA, NEBRASKA
Join us as we will honor Alex Leatherwood from University of Alabama with the 2020 Outland Trophy Award at the Dinner Sponsored by Werner Enterprises in Omaha. This Years Dinner will be held on Wednesday Jan. 13, 2021 at the Hilton Omaha Downtown.
The Football Writers Association of America (FWAA) to present the 2020 Outland Trophy. The Outland Trophy winner is chosen from three finalists who are a part of the annual FWAA All-America Team. The FWAA All-America Committee, after voting input from the entire membership, selects a 26-man first team and eventually the three Outland finalists. Committee members, then by individual ballot, select the winner. Only interior linemen on offense or defense are eligible for the award; ends are not eligible.
In addition, Werner Enterprises, whose home offices are located in Omaha, is the title sponsor of the dinner, which has been produced by the Greater Omaha Sports Committee since 1997.
The Outland Trophy Award Dinner Sponsored by Werner Enterprises will be held Wednesday, January 13th at 7:00 pm at the Hilton Omaha Downtown, 10th & Cass Street. The Outland Trophy, which has been awarded annually by the FWAA is named after the late Dr. John Outland. A life-long football fan and athlete, Dr. Outland donated $1,000 to the Football Writers in 1946 to sponsor the award that he always lamented the lack of recognition that the lineman received even in the earliest days of the college game.
Leatherwood, a 6-6, 312-pound senior from Pensacola, Fla., was selected by the All-America Committee of the Football Writers Association of America (FWAA) from three finalists that also included Notre Dame offensive tackle Liam Eichenberg and Iowa defensive tackle Daviyon Nixon and Leatherwood is the third Alabama lineman of the last five seasons to win it and the sixth overall.
Of Alabama’s five previous Outland winners – Quinnen Williams (2018), Cam Robinson (2016), Barrett Jones (2011), Andre Smith (2008) and Chris Samuels (1999) – five of them were also offensive tackles. The Outland Trophy now has consecutive offensive winners (Oregon guard Penei Sewell last year) after two defensive tackles in 2017 (Ed Oliver of Houston) and 2018 (Williams).
The Outland Trophy Award Dinner was a huge success last year. Three Past Outland Award recipients were present to welcome Penei to the Outland Fraternity. The University of Nebraska’s Larry Jacobson ’71, Zach Wiegert ’94 and the University of Alabama’s Barrett Jones ’11 as well as ’71 Heisman Trophy winner Johnny Rodgers, Jerry Murtaugh, Brenden Stai, Calvin Jones, Barret Ruud, Damon Benning, Erik Chinander, Greg Austin, Ryan Held, Bill Moos, and many others. All helped make this a Special night.
The 7th Tom Osborne Legacy Award Sponsored by Omaha Downtown Rotary will also be presented at the dinner by Tom Osborne, this year’s recipient is K-State Legendary Head Coach – Bill Snyder.
Bill is a perfect selection this year. If ever there was another Coach that emulated the Class and Respect that Tom Personified along with exhibiting the characteristics of integrity, sportsmanship and fair play associated with Tom Osborne, and for demonstrating a record of leadership and good citizenship in the community that’s consistent with Rotary International’s primary motto, “Service Above Self,” it would be Billy Dean Snyder.
Bill Snyder, head coach at the Kansas State for a brilliant 27-year career from 1989-2005 & 2009-2018. He led the Wildcats to two Big 12 Championships and four Big 12 North Titles , with 19 capturing bowl bids. Coach Snyder was active in raising funds for the library at Kansas State University. He also currently serves on the Staley School Advancement Council, honorary chairman of the K-State Changing Lives Campaign, and is past president of the Friends of the Libraries organization at K-State. The Staley School of Leadership Studies has also started the Bill Snyder Leadership Fellows in honor of Coach Snyder himself. In the window of retirement, Snyder invested his time in a Kansas State Department of Education endeavor called Kansas Mentors, becoming the chair.
The Amazing Night doesn’t stop there, we will also recognize at the dinner for the 24th straight year the Nebraska Football Senior Awards winners, this years award winners are: Collin Miller – the Novak Trophy (Player who best exemplifies courage and determination despite all odds in the manner of Nebraska All-American center Tom Novak), Dicaprio Bootle – the Chamberlin Trophy (Player who has shown by his play and contributions to the betterment of the University of Nebraska football squad that he has the qualities and dedication of Guy Chamberlin), and the Ben Stille – the Cletus Fischer Native Son, The Award recipients will be presented their awards by Husker Football Coaches who will highlight and address the impact they had on the team this year.
Omaha also Hosted the 7th Annual Outland Semi-Finalists Announcement Reception Party. The Football Writers Association narrowed the search of the best linemen throughout the country to 6 semi-finalists, it was held Monday – December 7th . The Evening began at 7pm when Greg Sharpe via Zoom congratulated the semi-finalists (guard Wyatt Davis of Ohio State, center Landon Dickerson of Alabama, offensive tackle Liam Eichenberg of Notre Dame, guard Kenyon Green of Texas A&M, offensive tackle Alex Leatherwood of Alabama and defensive tackle Daviyon Nixon on Iowa) and we get to see their reactions Live to being selected and their responses and interactions to Greg’s questions. Also at this Event there was door prizes and a Silent Auction! The Silent Auction was also Online and you could have began bidding November 27th Black Friday! Doors opened at 6pm – Purchase Tickets Next Year! Only $15 (2 Drink Tickets and Special Door Prize drawing)
2020 Outland Award Winner Alex Leatherwood
2019 Outland Award Winner Penei Sewell
2018 Outland Award Winner Quinnen Williams
2017 Outland Award Winner Ed Oliver
2016 Outland Award Winner Cam Robinson
2015 Outland Award Winner Joshua Garnet
2014 Outland Award Winner Brandon Scheriff
2009 Outland Winner Ndamukong Suh
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