Three finalists have been named for the 69th annual Outland Trophy — a prestigious award given to the nation’s top collegiate interior lineman.
The Outland Trophy recognizes players both on offense and defense, and it’s certainly an achievement for any player due to the national depth on talent, and players who are all deserving of the award.
This year, Auburn center Reese Dismukes, Iowa offensive tackle Brandon Scherff, and University of Texas Longhorns’ defensive tackle Malcom Brown made the cut. The winner will be crowned on Dec. 11 in Orlando, Fla. at ESPN’s Home Depot College Football Awards ceremony.
Reese Dismukes started all 48 games at Auburn and of the four years he started, he was a named a captain for the last two years. The 6’3″, 295-pounder recently accepted an invitation to the Reese’s Senior Bowl in Mobila, Ala., and is a semifinalist for the Rimington Award, which is given to the nation’s most outstanding center. He was also a finalist in 2013.
“I think that’s awesome and great,” Dismukes said. “I think that goes to show it’s not just me. Those are team awards. I couldn’t do it without the guys next to me, my coaches and all these players pushing me and me pushing those guys every day.”
If Dismukes wins, he’ll be just the third Auburn Tiger to win the trophy, with the most recent being defensive tackle Tracy Rocker in 1988.
Iowa Hawkeyes’ offensive tackle Brandon Scherff missed five games in 2012 due to an injury, but he’s played in 23 consecutive games since returning, including 11 this season.
“He’s just a rare talent.” Said Iowa head coach Kirk Ferentz.
Three Hawkeyes’ players’ have won the Outland trophy, with the most recent being tackle/guard Robert Gallery in 2003.
The 6’5″, 320 pound behemoth is also a semifinalist for the 2014 Rotary Lombardi Award, which is given to the nation’s best lineman or linebacker.
“I think I’d rather have the team success,” Scherff said. “We want to come out with two more wins and two more trophies. That’s going to mean a lot more than anything else.”
On Friday the Nebraska Cornhuskers travel to Kinnick Stadium in Des Moines to play the Hawkeyes, but you know Scherff has the Heroes Trophy on his mind above all else right now.
Texas Longhorns’ defensive end Malcom Brown has repeatedly affirmed that his family is what motivates him to excel both in the community, and on the football field. So it’s no coincidence that the 6’4″, 320-pound Texas native has made it a priority this season to prove just how disruptive he can be in the backfield.
His 2014 campaign truly began against Brigham Young University, when Brown registered 11 tackles — five of which were tackles for loss — and recorded three sacks against BYU quarterback Taysom Hill.
“Malcom is a student of the game,” Said Texas head coach Charlie Strong. “If you tell him something to look for, he’s going to study film, find it and prepare for it. He’s not only an unbelievable talent and great football player, but also a really smart player who has a great understanding of the game.”
Brown is sixth in the nation in sacks by a defensive tackle at 6.5, with 14 tackles for loss, two forced fumbles, and 66 tackles. Coming off a three-game winning streak and facing the No. 5 ranked TCU Horned Frogs on Thanksgiving Day, Brown’s going to be looking for something to feast on to pad those stats going into Draft season.
Last week Brown was named a finalist to the Bronko Nagurski Award, which is given to the nation’s most outstanding defensive end.
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