JANUARY 15, 2020 - At the Hilton Omaha Hotel - 1001 Cass St, OMAHA, NEBRASKA
2019 OUTLAND TROPHY AWARD WINNER
Penei Sewell, OT
University of Oregon
This year we honored Penei Sewell from University of Oregon with the 2019 NFID Outland Trophy Award at the Dinner Sponsored by Werner Enterprises in Omaha. This Years Dinner was held on Wednesday Jan. 15, 2020 at the Hilton Omaha Downtown.
The Football Writers Association of America (FWAA) and the National Foundation for Infectious Diseases (NFID) again partner to present the 2019 Outland Trophy as part of a continued public awareness campaign focused on the importance of influenza (flu) prevention during the 2019-20 flu season. Selected by FWAA, the trophy is awarded annually to the top interior lineman in college football.
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 NFID Outland Trophy Award Dinner Sponsored by Werner Enterprises was held Wednesday, January 15th 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.
Penei Sewell a 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 quarterback.
The official presentation to Penei was the Highlight of the evening. In front of a crowd of over 500 College football enthusiasts University of Oregon Coach Mario Crystobal helped explain his impact as a player, student and most of all the person Penei is, to a standing ovation, Penei accepted the Award and then delivered one of the best heartfelt speeches in the 23 years it’s been in Omaha.
The NFID Outland Trophy Award Dinner was a huge success this 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 6th Tom Osborne Legacy Award Sponsored by Omaha Downtown Rotary was also presented at the dinner by Tom Osborne, who summarized, in a way only Tom can, the Legacy Fisher DeBerry is leaving and why he was this year’s recipient.
To a standing ovation Tom Presented his Award to Fisher, who accepted with a speech you quickly understood he was a great choice and exhibited 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.”
Fisher DeBerry, head coach at the U.S. Air Force Academy for a brilliant 23-year career from 1984-2006. He led 17 of his 23 teams to winning records, with 12 capturing bowl bids. Coach DeBerry was one of the game’s most respected coaches for his efforts off the field as well. In 1996, he served as President of the 10,000 member American Football Coaches Association and also served time as chairman of the AFCA Ethics Committee. In 2001, Coach DeBerry received the State Farm Coach of Distinction Award, in recognition of his football success, example as a role model to his players and service to his community. A native of Cheraw, S.C., he is a member of the South Carolina Sports Hall of Fame and Wofford College Hall of Fame.
The Amazing Night didn’t stop there, we also recognized at the dinner for the 22nd straight year the Nebraska Football Senior Awards winners, Mohamed Barry – the Novak Trophy (Player who best exemplifies courage and determination despite all odds in the manner of Nebraska All-American center Tom Novak), Lamar Jackson – 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), both were unable to attend this year do to preparing for the NFL Draft, but to a resonding applause both Wyatt Mazour – the Cletus Fischer Native Son, and Reid Karel the Cornhusker Award recipients were presented their awards by Husker Football Coaches who addressed the impact they had on the team this year.
Omaha will also Host the 7th Annual Outland Semi-Finalists Announcement Reception Party. The Football Writers Association narrows the search of the best linemen throughout the country to 5-8 semi-finalists, it will again be held at the Old Mattress Factory Downtown (501 N 13th St.), Wednesday – November 18th. The Evening begins at 7pm when Greg Sharpe via Facetime congratulates the semi-finalists 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 are door prizes and a Silent Auction! Doors open at 6pm.
As you can see, if you are a football fan you want to be a part of these events. Tickets for this Event and the Outland Dinner next year on January 15th, are on Sale and can be Reserved by calling 402.346-8003.
2019 Outland Award Winner Penei Sewell
2018 Outland Winner Quinnen Williams
2017 Outland Winner Ed Oliver
2016 Outland Winner Cam Robinson
2015 Outland Winner Joshua Garnet
2014 Outland Winner Brandon Scheriff
2009 Outland Winner Ndamukong Suh
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