For the 18th consecutive year, Omaha will present the Outland Trophy to college football’s top interior lineman. Last Year, the University of Pittsburg, defensive tackle Aaron Donald, was named the 68th winner of the Outland Trophy on Thursday night. Aaron beat out Baylor University offensive guard - Cyril Richardson, and Texas A&M's offensive tackle Jake Matthews, for the third-oldest award in major college football. Back to Emcee the Outland Trophy Award Dinner will be Greg Sharpe (the voice of the Huskers). The Outland Trophy Award Dinner will be held Thursday, January 15th at 7:00 pm at the Downtown DoubleTree Hotel, 16th & Dodge Streets.
........... Back again, Omaha will Host the Semi-Finalists Announcement Reception Party.
The Football Writers Association will narrow the search of the best linemen throughout the country to six or seven semi-finalists, and Omaha will officially announce them at a Reception on Thursday, November 20th, the Reception will again take place at 6 PM at DJ's Dugout on 10th & Capitol Avenue.
The Outland Trophy, which has been awarded annually by the Football Writers Association of America (FWAA) since 1946, is named after the late John Outland, a lineman at Pennsylvania at the turn of the century.
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.
This prestigious football evening will also feature a former Outland Award Winner. This Year we will Present 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 1989, the Outland winner was presented a plaque and not the authentic Outland Trophy.
Also appearing at the dinner for the 17th straight year will be the Nebraska's football senior awards winners, Last year Award winners were - the Novak Trophy - Ron Kellogg lll, the Chamberlin Trophy - Jeremiah Sirles and the Cletus Fischer Native Son - Cole Pensick.
Tickets for next years Event on January 15th, are on Sale and can be Reserved by calling 402.346-8003.