Nov. 19, 2013
TUSCALOOSA, Ala. -Alabama's Cyrus Kouandjio has been named one of six Outland Trophy semifinalists the Football Writers Association of America announced at a reception hosted by the Greater Omaha Sports Committee Tuesday evening.
Kouandjio, from Hyattsville, Md., is the Crimson Tide's junior left tackle and a veteran of 24 starts over the past two years for an Alabama offensive line that has been one of the best in the nation. He has a team-high 14 knockdown blocks while allowing just 1.5 sacks in 286 pass attempts in 2013.
Kouandjio has blocked for 17 100-yard rushers over the past two seasons as a starter, including seven this year. He anchors an offensive line that ranks ninth nationally in fewest sacks allowed (.90 per game) while opening holes for one of the most-balanced offenses in the nation, averaging 207.5 yards on the ground, 238.2 yards in the air and 38.8 points per game.
The Football Writers Association of America (FWAA), in a call of its 2013 All-America Committee, determined the following six players as semifinalists for the 2013 award: Aaron Donald, Pittsburgh defensive tackle; Kouandjio, Alabama offensive tackle; Jake Matthews, Texas A&M offensive tackle; Cyril Richardson, Baylor offensive guard; Bryan Stork, Florida State center; and David Yankey, Stanford offensive guard.
Alabama has had three players previously win the Outland Trophy, including Chris Samuels (1999), Andre Smith (2008) and Barrett Jones (2011).
The field for the Outland Trophy, which is awarded to the best interior lineman in college football on offense or defense, will be reduced to three on Nov. 25, and featured on ESPN the following evening at 5:30 p.m. (ET). The winner of the 68th Outland Trophy will be revealed on Thursday, Dec. 12, on ESPN during the The Home Depot College Football Awards from the Dance Hall on the Disney Boardwalk in Lake Buena Vista, Fla.
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