April 18, 2008
NOTRE DAME, Ind. – Notre Dame offensive tackle Sam Young (Coral Springs, Fla./St. Thomas Aquinas) has been named to the Outland Trophy watch list for 2008, the Football Writers Association of America (FWAA) announced Friday. Young is one of 70 standout linemen from around the country nominated for consideration in the preseason.
The Outland Trophy has been awarded to the best interior lineman in college football since 1946. With input from the entire FWAA membership, the winner is selected by the FWAA’s All-America Committee, which selects the association’s 25-man All-America team and picks the three Outland Trophy finalists and the winner.
Young has started all 25 games in his Irish career and is the first offensive lineman to start every game through his first two seasons at Notre Dame. Young, who will be a junior this fall, started the first 15 games of his career at right tackle and started the final 10 games of the 2007 season at left tackle.
The 2008 Outland Trophy announcement will be on Dec. 11 in Orlando, Fla., on the ESPNU Home Depot College Football Awards Show. Three finalists will appear on the show. The Outland Trophy presentation banquet, sponsored by the Greater Omaha Sports Committee, will be on Jan. 15, 2008 in Omaha, Neb.
The Outland Trophy is named after the late John Outland, a lineman at Pennsylvania at the turn of the century. Senior defensive tackle Glenn Dorsey, who played for the national champion LSU Tigers, won the 2007 Outland Trophy.
Additional Outland Trophy candidates may be added during the course of the season. Tackles, guards and centers are eligible for consideration.