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Robinson named an Outland Trophy finalist

11/24/2008

Posted by ESPN.com's Tim Griffin

Oklahoma guard Duke Robinson is among three finalists for the Outland Trophy it was announced today by the Football Writers Association of America.

Robinson, Mississippi tackle Michael Oher and Alabama tackle Andre Smith have been named finalists for the award, which honors the best interior lineman in college football.   

Robinson, a 6-foot-5, 335-pound senior from Atlanta, Ga., anchors the line for one of the most prolific offenses in the nation with the Sooners. Oklahoma (10-1) throttled Texas Tech, 65-21, last week and is ranked No. 3 in the most recent BCS standings.

The Sooners are third in the country in total offense and passing offense. Robinson, who is considered the Sooners' best offensive lineman, is expected to be the first guard taken in the 2009 NFL draft, but he also can play tackle. He is also looking to become the Sooners' sixth winner of the Outland Trophy.

The winner of the award will be announced Dec. 11 on ESPNU's "The Home Depot ESPNU College Football Awards Show" from the Walt Disney World Resort in Lake Buena Vista, Fla.