ATLANTA (FWAA) – Alabama offensive tackle
claimed the 71st Outland Trophy on Thursday night during
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.
Ohio State senior center Pat Elflein and Washington State junior
offensive guard Cody O'Connell were the other two finalists for
the 2016 Outland Trophy.
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 is named after the late John Outland,
an All-America lineman at the University of Pennsylvania in the
late 1800s, is the third oldest player award in major college football
behind the Heisman Trophy and Maxwell Award. It has been awarded
to the best interior lineman in college football on offense or defense
since 1946 when Notre Dame's George Connor was named the recipient.
For the 20th consecutive year, the presentation 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
offensive lineman Greg Roberts, will receive an Outland Trophy.
Roberts was the 1978 winner of the award before trophies were handed
out by the FWAA. His Oklahoma coach, the legendary Barry Switzer,
will receive the third annual Tom Osborne Legacy Award during the
The Outland Trophy is a member of the National College
Football Awards Association (NCFAA). The NCFAA encompasses
the most prestigious awards in college football. The 22 awards boast
more 700 years of tradition-selection excellence. Visit ncfaa.org
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The Football Writers Association of America,
a non-profit organization founded in 1941, consists of more than
1,300 men and women who cover college football. The membership includes
journalists, broadcasters and publicists, as well as key executives
in all the areas that involve the game. The FWAA works to govern
areas that include game-day operations, major awards and its annual
All-America team. For more information about the FWAA and its award
programs, contact Steve Richardson at firstname.lastname@example.org or call 214-870-6516.
The Greater Omaha Sports Committee, founded
in 1977, is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization, consisting of more
than 900 men and women from the City of Omaha, the State of Nebraska
and others. The membership serves to communicate, develop, initiate
and promote sports activities in the Greater Omaha sports area.
In addition to the Outland Trophy Award Dinner, the Greater Omaha
Sports Committee promotes high school, college, and professional
sports in the Greater Omaha area and the Midwest.
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