For the 18th consecutive year, Omaha presented the Outland Trophy to college football’s top interior lineman. to, the University of Iowa, offensive tackle Brandon Scherff, was named the 69th winner of the Outland Trophy. Brandon beat out Texas University defensive tackle - Malcom Brown, and Auburn University offensive center Reese Dismukes, for the third-oldest award in major college football. Back to Emcee the Outland Trophy Award Dinner was Greg Sharpe (the voice of the Huskers). The Outland Trophy Award Dinner was held Thursday, January 15th at 7:00 pm at the Downtown DoubleTree Hotel, 16th & Dodge Streets.
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.
The Outland Trophy Dinner was a huge success. Six Past Outland Award recipients were present to welcome Brandon to the Outland Fraternity. Besides Notre Dame's Ross Browner, the 1976 winner, who also finally received his Outland Trophy, the University of Nebraska's Larry Jacobson '71, Dave Rimington '81, '82, Dean Steinkuhler '83, Will Shields '92, Zach Wiegert '94 were present along with Newly inducted NCAA Hall of Famer Trev Alberts and '01 Heisman Trophy winner Eric Crouch. All helped make this a Special night.
The first Tom Osborne Legacy Award was also presented at the dinner. Tom Osborne, the legendary former Nebraska coach, presented the award to Milt Tenopir, who coached six Outland winners with the Cornhuskers. The Tom Osborne Legacy Award will continue to 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 prestigious football evening also featured a former Outland Award Winner. Last Year we Presented to the University of Notre Dame, Ross Browner the 1976 Outland Award Winner his Trophy. 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.
Also appearing at the dinner for the 17th straight year was the Nebraska's football senior awards winners, 2014 Award Winners were - the Novak Trophy - Trevor Roach, the Chamberlin Trophy - Ameer Abdullah and the Cletus Fischer Native Son - Jake Cotton.
Tickets for next years Event on January 14th, are on Sale and can be Reserved by calling 402.346-8003.
........... Omaha also Hosts the 3rd Annual Semi-Finalists Announcement Reception Party.
The Football Writers Association narrows the search of the best linemen throughout the country to six semi-finalists, and that will be held November 17th at DJ's Dug Out Downtown.