In the fall of 1895, John 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 the University of Pennsylvania where he found his home. From 1897-1899, 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.
|1946||George Connor||T||Notre Dame|
|1948||Bill Fischer||G||Notre Dame|
|1949||Ed Bagdon||G||Michigan State|
|1954||William "Bud" Brooks||G||Arkansas|
|1956||Jim Parker||G||Ohio State|
|1961||Merlin Olsen||T||Utah State|
|1969||Mike Reid||DT||Penn State|
|1970||Jim Stillwagon||MG||Ohio State|
|1973||John Hicks||OT||Ohio State|
|1975||Lee Roy Selmon||DT||Oklahoma|
|1976||Ross Browner||DE||Notre Dame|
|1979||Jim Ritcher||C||North Carolina State|
|1984||Bruce Smith||DT||Virginia Tech|
|1985||Mike Ruth||NG||Boston College|
|1987||Chad Hennings||DT||Air Force|
|1996||Orlando Pace||OT||Ohio State|
|2002||Rien Long||DT||Washington State|
COLLEGE FOOTBALL AWARDS; OUTLAND TROPHY; Center of utmost attention; Barely recruited out of Bismarck, N.D., Gophers center Greg Eslinger won the Outland Trophy as college football's best interior lineman.(SPORTS)
Dec 09, 2005; Byline: Chip Scoggins; Staff Writer Not long after Gophers football coach Glen Mason became the only Division I-A coach to offer...