Big 12: Rich Glover
The other finalist named was Idaho guard Mike Iupati.
The finalists will attend the announcement of the award, which will come on Dec. 10 during The Home Depot ESPNU College Football Awards Show at the Walt Disney World Resort in Lake Buena Vista, Fla. The show will begin at 7 p.m. ET.
Okung, a 6-5, 300-pound senior from Houston, has been rated as the top offensive tackle NFL prospect in college football. Heading into the regular-season finale against Oklahoma on Saturday, the durable Okung is slated for his 46th consecutive start for the Cowboys. He's a big reason why the 9-2 Cowboys' offense produces 203.5 yards a game on the ground. Twice during his career he has not allowed a sack against the nation's leader at the time -- including an effort against Texas A&M end Von Miller this season.
Suh, a 6-4, 300-pound senior defensive tackle from Portland, Ore., leads Nebraska in tackles with 35 unassisted tackles and 30 assisted stops. He has 15 tackles for 52 yards in losses (6.5 sacks), 10 pass break-ups, 20 quarterback hurries, one interception, one forced fumble and three blocked kicks. A top NFL prospect, Suh heads up the nation's third-ranked scoring defense that has propelled the Cornhuskers to an 8-3 regular-season record heading into the regular-season finale at Colorado on Friday.
The Big 12 has featured two previous winners in its history. Aaron Taylor of Nebraska claimed the award in 1997 and Jammal Brown of Oklahoma in 2004.
Including its previous history, Nebraska has claimed the award previous a record eight times by seven different players. Previous Nebraska winners include Dave Rimington (twice), Larry Jacobson, Rich Glover, Dean Steinkuhler, Will Shields, Zach Wiegert and Taylor.
An Oklahoma State player has never won the Outland Trophy.
The official 2009 award presentation will be Jan. 14, 2010, in Omaha, Neb., at a banquet sponsored by the Greater Omaha Sports Committee.
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Oklahoma and Texas played two players apiece on the Outland Trophy watch list released Tuesday by the Football Writers of America.
The Sooners and Longhorns were joined by Florida, Penn State, Alabama, Georgia and USC as the only teams to place two members on the 40-man watch list.
The Big 12 had nine players on the list, trailing only 10 players from the Southeastern Conference. No other conference had more than four.
Here's the list of Big 12 nominees
- Baylor C J.D. Walton
- Missouri G Kurtis Gregory
- Nebraska DT Ndamukong Suh
- Oklahoma DT Gerald McCoy
- Oklahoma T Trent Williams
- Oklahoma State T Russell Okung
- Texas T Adam Ulatoski
- Texas C Chris Hall
- Texas Tech G Brandon Carter
The Outland Trophy, presented annually since 1946, is the third-oldest award in major college football. The winner will be announced on the Home Depot ESPNU College Football Awards Show on Dec. 10 in Lake Buena Vista, Fla.
The Outland Trophy presentation banquet, sponsored by the Greater Omaha Sports Committee, will be held on Jan. 14 in Omaha, Neb.
The Big 12 has had two previous winners in its history with Aaron Taylor of Nebraska in 1997 and Jammal Brown of Oklahoma in 2004.
Among the previous winners from Big 12 schools before the conference was created include Larry Jacobson, Rich Glover, two-time winner Dave Rimington, Dean Steinkuhler, Zach Wiegert, and Will Shields, all of Nebraska; Jim Weatherall, J.D. Roberts, Lee Roy Selmon and Greg Roberts, all of Oklahoma; and Scott Appleton, Tommy Nobis and Brad Shearer, all of Texas.
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Picking my four selections for the Nebraska Mount Rushmore of football was excruciatingly difficult. But after bouncing ideas around for several days, I realized I'm going to have to leave at least one Heisman Trophy winner off my mountain, no matter which way I lean.
And that's tough.
Here are my four choices:
- Bob Devaney -- Led the Cornhuskers to a pair of national championships and produced eight conference championships in his 11-season coaching career.
- Tom Osborne -- Set the school record with 255 victories in his 25-season career as coach, including three national championships and at least nine victories in every season.
- Johnny Rodgers -- Heisman Trophy winner in 1972 who helped lead the Cornhuskers to a pair of national championships. When he left school he owned the NCAA records for all-purpose yards and punt returns for touchdowns.
- Mike Rozier -- Two-time consensus All-American won the Heisman Trophy in 1983, leading the nation with 2,148 rushing yards and 29 touchdowns.
It was hard not putting Tommie Frazier or Eric Crouch up on my Nebraska Rushmore. Same with Rich Glover, Dave Rimington, Dean Steinkuhler, Grant Wistrom and Trev Alberts.
Ultimately, I'm satisfied with my four picks. I'm hoping it would get the Herbie Husker seal of approval.