The Lombardi Award finalists had a decidedly defensive lean. When it comes to another predominately lineman award, though, it’s almost all about the other side of the ball.
The Outland Trophy, handed out annually since 1946, announced its semifinalists for the 2014 award Thursday, revealing a pool of six potential winners. As you may have guessed from the headline, five of the six semifinalists are offensive linemen.
The lone defensive player is Texas tackle Malcolm Brown, who is also one of the finalists for the Bronko Nagurski Award. What follows are the other five Outland semifinalists.
- Auburn center Reese Dismukes
- Baylor offensive tackle Spencer Drango
- Oregon tackle Jake Fisher
- Florida State guard Tre’ Jackson
- Iowa offensive tackle Brandon Scherff
Finalists for this year’s award will be announced next Tuesday. Last year’s winner was Pittsburgh defensive tackle Aaron Donald.