Wood Named as a candidate for the Outland Trophy
June 20, 2006
Dallas, Texas - Sophomore Eric Wood of the University of Louisville football team has been added to the 2006 Outland Trophy Watch List. A total of fifty-four standout linemen from around the country have been nominated for consideration in the preseason.
Wood started 12 games for the Cardinals last season and was a big suprise on the offensive front. Wood was a Rivals.com All-American in leading the Cardinals to a 9-3 record. He is also listed as a candidate for the Rimington Award as one of the nation's top centers.
The Outland Trophy has been awarded to the best offensive or defensive lineman in college football since 1946. The winner is selected by the FWAA's All-America Committee, which selects the association's 25-man team and picks three Outland Trophy finalists.
The 2005 Outland Trophy announcement will be on Dec. 7 in Orlando, Fla., on the ESPN Home Depot College Football Awards Show. The Outland Trophy presentation banquet, sponsored by the Greater Omaha Sports Committee and First Data Corporation, is set for Jan. 11, 2007, in Omaha, Neb.
Minnesota center Greg Eslinger won the 2005 Outland Trophy. He was the third player from Minnesota to win the award after Tom Brown (1960) and Bobby Bell (1962). He is only the third center to claim major-college football's third-oldest award.
The Outland Trophy has been awarded annually by the FWAA since 1946. It is named after the late John Outland, a lineman at Pennsylvania at the turn of the century.
Nebraska has more Outland Trophy winners than another school. Seven Cornhuskers have claimed the trophy, with Nebraska center Dave Rimington being the only player to win it twice (in 1981 and '82).
Additional Outland Trophy candidates may be added during the course of the season. Tackles, guards and centers are eligible for consideration.