For the 20th consecutive year, The Greater Omaha Sports Committee and Football Writers Association of America will present the Outland Trophy to college football’s top interior lineman. Back to Emcee the Outland Trophy Award Dinner again will be Greg Sharpe (the voice of the Huskers). The Outland Trophy Award Dinner will be held Wednesday, January 11th at 7:00 pm at the Downtown DoubleTree Hotel, 16th & Dodge Streets. Tuesday November 22nd the 2016 Outland Finalists were announced on ESPN: Pat Elflein, Center from the Ohio State University, Cody O'Connell, Offensive Guard from Washington State University, and Cam Robinson, Offensive Tackle from the University of Alabama.
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.
Last years Outland Trophy Dinner was a huge success. Four Past Outland Award recipients were present to welcome Joshua Garnett to the Outland Fraternity. Besides Maryland's Randy White, the 1974 winner, who also finally received his Outland Trophy, the University of Nebraska's Larry Jacobson '71, Dave Rimington '81, '82, Zach Wiegert '94 were present along with newly inducted NCAA Hall of Famer Trev Alberts, '71 Heisman Trophy winner Johnny Rodgers and '01 Heisman winner Eric Crouch. All helped make this a Special night.
This prestigious football evening will also feature a former Outland Award Winner. This Year we will present the Outland Trophy to the University of Oklahoma, Greg Roberts the 1978 Outland Trophy Award Winner. The Downtown Rotary is sponsoring this Outland Trophy. From 1946 through 1987, the Outland winner was presented a plaque and not the authentic Outland Trophy.
Because of the great tradition of the University of Nebraska interior linemen, people in the Midwest appreciate the unheralded work of the "big uglies" up front. Combine the quiet strong work ethic of Nebraskans and that appreciation of the Husker "Outland Tradition" (nine Outland Trophies in all) and Omaha is the perfect home to showcase the Outland.
The 3rd Tom Osborne Legacy Award Sponsored by Omaha Downtown Rotary also will be presented at the dinner. Tom Osborne, the legendary former Nebraska coach, will recognize a coach or player who made contributions to the Outland Trophy or interior line play in college football and who has made great contributions to the game through charity and community work. This year the Tom Osborne Legacy Award will be presented 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 Amazing Night doesn't stop there, we will also recognize at the dinner for the 19th straight year the Nebraska football senior awards winners, 2015 Award Winners were - the Novak Trophy - Andy Janovich , the Chamberlin Trophy - Jack Gangwish and the Cletus Fischer Native Son - Ryne Reeves.
As you can see if you are a football fan you want to be apart of this event. Tickets for this years Event on January 11th, are on Sale and can be Reserved by calling 402.346-8003
.......... Omaha also Hosted the 4th Annual Semi-Finalists Announcement Reception Party.
The Football Writers Association narrowed the search of the best linemen throughout the country to five semi-finalists, it was held at the Mark, Wednesday - November 16th. Besides the 3 Finalists mentioned above we heard from Ethan Pocic, Center from LSU and Connor Williams, Offensive Tackle from Texas. Where Greg Sharpe via Facetime congratulated the semi-finalists and we got to see their reactions Live to being selected and their responses to Greg's questions.