The Outland Trophy, presented annually since 1946, is the third-oldest award in major college football. It is named after the late John Outland, an All-America lineman at Penn and Kansas at the turn of the century. The 2011 recipient of the award was Alabama's Barrett Jones.
To find out the official winners of college football's major awards, tune into "The Home Depot College Football Awards" show live on ESPN at 7:30 p.m. ET on Dec. 6. Chris Fowler, Lee Corso, Kirk Herbstreit, Desmond Howard, Tom Rinaldi and Samantha Steele will host the show, which will originate from the Atlantic Dance Hall on Disney's Boardwalk at the Walt Disney World Resort in Lake Buena Vista, Fla.
Statistics as of Monday, Nov. 19.
The Outland Trophy Nominees
Barrett Jones: Jones picked up where he left off last season, starting all 11 games at center and is a big reason for quarterback AJ McCarron setting Alabama's single-season passing touchdowns record. He hasn't allowed a sack all season and has helped the team to 209 rushing yards and 219 passing yards per game.
Luke Joeckel: Texas A&M's junior left tackle has helped the Aggies to per-game averages of 234 rushing yards, 308 passing yards and a nation's sixth-best 43.5 points. His knack for pass blocking was critical in an upset of No. 1 Alabama that in addition to shaking up the national championship picture, turned quarterback Johnny Manziel into a Heisman Trophy contender and a household name.
Jonathan Cooper: North Carolina's senior left guard could have left for the NFL after last season, but stayed and helped pave the way for the Tar Heels to average 194 yards rushing, 290 yards passing and 40.2 points per game. He has been the lead blocker for running back Giovani Bernard, who leads the ACC with 1,065 yards.