OMAHA (FWAA) – Six semifinalists for the 2015 Outland Trophy– five offensive linemen and one defensive tackle – were announced on Thursday night during a reception hosted by the Greater Omaha Sports Committee. and on Tuesday the list was narrowed to Three finalists for the 2015 Outland Trophy – two offensive linemen and one defensive tackle – were announced on Tuesday afternoon on The Home Depot College Football Awards Nomination Special on ESPNU. The FWAA, in a vote of its 2015 All-America Committee, has determined the following three finalists for the award: Baylor offensive tackle Spencer Drango, Stanford offensive guard Joshua Garnett and Alabama defensive tackle A'Shawn Robinson.
For the 19th consecutive year, Omaha will present the Outland Trophy to college football’s top interior lineman. Last Years recipient went to, the University of Iowa, offensive tackle Brandon Scherff, Brandon became the 69th winner of third-oldest award in major college football by beating out Texas University defensive tackle - Malcom Brown, and Auburn University offensive center Reese Dismukes, for the Outland Trophy . 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 Thursday, January 14th 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.
Last years 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.
This prestigious football evening will also feature a former Outland Award Winner. This Year we will Present to the University of Maryland, Randy White the 1974 Outland Trophy 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.
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 year the Tom Osborne Legacy Award will be presented to Jim Ridlon, a Syracuse Orangeman two way player, who played 8 seasons as a safety in the NFL, became a renowned sports painter and scupltor that in 1988 was commissioned to design and sculpt the Outland Trophy, one of college football's most prestigious awards.
The Amazing Night doesn't stop there, we will also recognize at the dinner for the 18th straight year the Nebraska 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.
As you can see if you are a football fan you want to be apart of this event. Tickets for next years Event on January 14th, are on Sale and can be Reserved by calling 402.346-8003.
........... Omaha also Hosted 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 was held November 19th at DJ's Dug Out Downtown. Where Greg Sharpe via Facetime congratulates the semi-finalists and we get to see their reactions Live to being selected and their responses to Greg's question. Soon You can purchase tickets for next year at any DJ's Dugout or Online.