Outland Trophy

One of only a few players in history ever to be named All-America at two positions, John Outland garnered consensus All-America honors in 1897 at tackle and consensus All-America honors at back in 1898.

In the fall of 1895, Outland entered the University of Kansas never having played football in his life, but while watching practice one afternoon, he was seen by the varsity captain, who induced him to put on a uniform. Three days later, he was playing on the varsity team. After a 6-1 season, he transferred to Pennsylvania where he found his home. From 1897-99, Outland and Hall of Fame teammate Truxton Hare led Penn to a 35-4-3 record.

Outland obtained his medical degree and was a surgeon during World War I, rising to the rank of major. He tried his hand at coaching at Franklin & Marshall College in 1900, Kansas in 1901, and Washburn 1904-05.

Outland had always contended that football tackles and guards deserved greater recognition and conceived the Outland Trophy as a means of providing this recognition. Today, the Outland Trophy is recognized as one of the nation’s most prestigious awards, given to the nation’s most outstanding interior lineman.

Dr. Outland, inducted into the College Football Hall of Fame in 2001, died March 24, 1947.


Other Resources

Outland Trophy Official Home Page

The finalists for the Outland Trophy are determined by a vote of the Football Writers Association of America’s (FWAA) All-America Committee.



List of Winners

YearWinnerSchoolPOSCL
2016Cam RobinsonAlabamaOTJR
2015Joshua GarnettStanfordGSR
2014Brandon ScherffIowaOTSR
2013Aaron DonaldPittsburghDTSR
2012Luke JoeckelTexas A&MOTJR
2011Barrett JonesAlabamaOTJR
2010Gabe CarimiWisconsinOTSR
2009Ndamukong SuhNebraskaDTSR
2008Andre SmithAlabamaOTJR
2007Glenn DorseyLSUDTSR
2006Joe ThomasWisconsinOTSR
2005Greg EslingerMinnesotaCSR
2004Jammal BrownOklahomaOTSR
2003Robert GalleryIowaOTSR
2002Rien LongWashington StateDTJR
2001Bryant McKinnieMiami (FL)OTSR
2000John HendersonTennesseeDTJR
1999Chris SamuelsAlabamaOTSR
1998Kris FarrisUCLAOTJR
1997Aaron TaylorNebraskaGSR
1996Orlando PaceOhio StateOTJR
1995Jonathan OgdenUCLAOTSR
1994Zach WiegertNebraskaOTSR
1993Rob WaldropArizonaNGSR
1992Will ShieldsNebraskaGSR
1991Steve EmtmanWashingtonDTJR
1990Russell MarylandMiami (FL)NTSR
1989Mohammed ElewonibiBYUGSR
1988Tracy RockerAuburnDTSR
1987Chad HenningsAir ForceDTSR
1986Jason BuckBYUDTSR
1985Mike RuthBoston CollegeNGSR
1984Bruce SmithVirginia TechDTSR
1983Dean SteinkuhlerNebraskaGJR
1982Dave RimingtonNebraskaCSR
1981Dave RimingtonNebraskaCJR
1980Mark MayPittsburghOTSR
1979Jim RitcherNC StateCSR
1978Greg RobertsOklahomaC/GSR
1977Brad ShearerTexasDTSR
1976Ross BrownerNotre DameDEJR
1975Lee Roy SelmonOklahomaDTSR
1974Randy WhiteMarylandDTSR
1973John HicksOhio StateOTSR
1972Rich GloverNebraskaMGSR
1971Larry JacobsonNebraskaDTSR
1970Jim StillwagonOhio StateMGJR
1969Mike ReidPenn StateDTSR
1968Bill StanfillGeorgiaDTSR
1967Ron YaryUSCOTSR
1966Loyd PhillipsArkansasDTSR
1965Tommy NobisTexasGSR
1964Steve DeLongTennesseeTSR
1963Scott AppletonTexasTSR
1962Bobby BellMinnesotaTSR
1961Merlin OlsenUtah StateTSR
1960Tom BrownMinnesotaGSR
1959Mike McGeeDukeTSR
1958Zeke SmithAuburnGJR
1957Alex KarrasIowaTSR
1956Jim ParkerOhio StateGSR
1955Cal JonesIowaGSR
1954William "Bud" BrooksArkansasGJR
1953J.D. RobertsOklahomaGSR
1952Dick ModzelewskiMarylandTSR
1951Jim WeatherallOklahomaTSR
1950Bob GainKentuckyTSR
1949Ed BagdonMichigan StateGSR
1948Bill FischerNotre DameGSR
1947Joe SteffyArmyGSR
1946George ConnorNotre DameTJR