Outland Trophy featured at reception

outland-at-receptionESPN held a reception in Atlanta this past  Tuesday night celebrating the first announcement of the College Football Playoff Ratings for the 2016 season. There were three trophies featured at the reception, including the FWAA’s Outland Trophy (center) on display. The 2016 Outland Trophy, which is awarded to the best interior lineman in college football, will be presented  on ESPN at the Home Depot College Football Awards on Dec. 8. The show originates from the College Football Hall of Fame, also in Atlanta.

More than 100 people attended the reception, including members of the Atlanta sports industry and media. Guests and media were allowed to pose with the trophies, pick them up and learn their histories. The other trophies on display were the Walter Camp and Maxwell.

Spotlight on the Outland Trophy: Clemson’s Carlos Watkins

Freshman football players will often ask their older teammates why they redshirted.

Carlos Watkins is happy to explain, but he doesn’t need to say much. Clemson’s fifth-year senior defensive tackle can simply raise and curl his right arm, displaying a forearm that’s thicker than most men’s biceps, and show a dozen scars caused by shattered glass.

Those are the only physical reminders of a harrowing experience Watkins will never forget. The deep bruises on his legs have faded away, and his football attributes have returned. Watkins is one of four Tigers with three sacks this season.

Mentally, Watkins says it took a year and a half to fully come to grips with surviving the fatal car accident that took the life of his cousin. But it’s evident now that the wreck did not dampen Watkins’ desire to play football.

CLICK HERE to read the entire story about this Outland Trophy candidate by Aaron Brenner of the Post and Courier.


Spotlight on the Outland Trophy: Ohio State center Pat Elflein

outland trophy bwFormer FWAA President Lee Barfknecht writes that Ohio State center Pat Elflein, a two-time first-team All-Big Ten pick and a second-team All-American last year, is a strong candidate for the Outland Trophy, presented by the FWAA to the nation’s best interior lineman.

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Barfknecht profiles Indiana candidate for Outland Trophy

outland trophy bwFormer FWAA President Lee Barfknecht of the Omaha World-Herald takes a look at Indiana’s impressive offensive line and Dan Feeney, a 6-foot-4, 311-pound guard who will start his senior season as a strong contender for the Outland Trophy, which goes to the nation’s top interior lineman.

Feeney is one of four fifth-year seniors expected to start on Indiana’s offensive line. Last season, in 475 called pass plays, he never allowed a sack. He also led the Hoosiers with 102 knockdowns.

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Six Outland Trophy seminfinalists revealed in Omaha

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OMAHA – Six semifinalists for the 2014 Outland Trophy — five offensive linemen and one defensive tackle — were announced on Thursday night during a reception hosted by the Greater Omaha Sports Committee.

The Football Writers Association of America (FWAA), in a call of its 2014 All-America Committee, has determined the following six players as semifinalists for the award, in alphabetical order: Malcom Brown, Texas defensive tackle;  Reese Dismukes, Auburn center;  Spencer Drango, Baylor offensive tackle;   Jake Fisher, Oregon offensive tackle; Tre’ Jackson, Florida State offensive guard, and Brandon Scherff, Iowa offensive tackle.

The field for the Outland Trophy, which is awarded to the best interior lineman in college football on offense or defense, will be reduced to three players early next week.  Those finalists will be announced the evening of Nov. 25 during the College Football Awards Nomination Special on ESPNU (6-6:30 p.m. EST).  The winner of the 69th Outland Trophy will be revealed on Dec. 11 on ESPN College Football Awards (7-9 p.m. EST) from the Dance Hall on the Disney Boardwalk in Lake Buena Vista, Fla.

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Duke football’s Laken Tomlinson has his own ‘Blind Side’ storyline

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Duke’s Laken Tomlinson is ranked as one of the top four offensive guard prospects for the 2015 NFL draft. But before he could even dream of college football, the native of Jamaica had to find his way in Chicago. Nothing was given to him, not even a ride to school.
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Coach believes Stanford’s Andrus Peat can be best OT since Jonathan Ogden

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David Shaw has gone through the NFL draft on both sides of the process. He evaluated players for pro teams for nearly a decade in helping front offices make picks as an NFL assistant, and he’s had plenty of players he’s coached on the other side of it.

However, among the hundreds of players the Stanford head coach has laid eyes on, his current left tackle was the one he singled out and compared to a Hall of Famer on the offensive line.

“I don’t know if there’s been anybody else in our conference, in the last eight years, that is as good as Andrus Peat has been and can be. In my entire career, nine years in the NFL, the only offensive lineman that was a step above of where Andrus can be is Jonathan Ogden — one of the best tackles to ever play,” Shaw said Thursday at Pac-12 Media Days. “Besides that special, special player, he’s the most talented I’ve ever been around.

Click here to read the entire story by Bryan Fischer of College Football 24/7.


LSU coach predicts La’el Collins will be top-5 pick in NFL draft

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LSU offensive tackle La’el Collins is considered one of the top NFL prospects at his position for the 2015 draft, but the way Tigers assistant coach Frank Wilson sees it, Collins is more than that.

A lot more. “If La’el Collins is not a top-five draft pick, I’ll kiss my own [expletive],” Wilson said,

Click here to read the entire story by Chase Goodbread of College Football 24/7.