The Outland Trophy is annually given to interior linemen on either offense or defense, and two Alabama players headline this year’s semifinalists. Oddly enough, one of them, defensive tackle A’Shawn Robinson, is the only defensive player who made the cut.
The teammate joining him is center Ryan Kelly.
There’s no denying that both young men are deserving of the award. Robinson has 34 tackles (seven for a loss) and three sacks on the year and has been a fixture of the Crimson Tide’s front seven, while Kelly has done an excellent job protecting both quarterback Jacob Coker and star running back Derrick Henry as Alabama has rocketed back into the national title picture after an early season home loss to Ole Miss.
The other semifinalists are as follows: Stanford guard Joshua Garnett, Notre Dame offensive tackle Ronnie Stanley, Indiana offensive tackle Jason Spriggs and Baylor offensive tackle Spencer Drango, who was a semifinalist for the Outland last year before losing to Iowa’s Brandon Scherff.
The three finalists will be announced on Tuesday, so stay tuned to Campus Sports for updates!