OMAHA, Neb. – Stanford offensive guard David Yankey is one of six semifinalists for the 2013 Outland Trophy, as announced Thursday during a reception hosted by the Greater Omaha Sports Committee.
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 in the next week. Those finalists will be announced 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 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.
Yankey, 6-5, 311-pound senior from Roswell, Ga., anchors Stanford's strong offensive line and is a pulling guard for the Cardinal's running game. Stanford has allowed the fewest tackles for a loss in the nation with just 3.2 per game.
Stanford’s offensive line has also been called for just one holding penalty all season and that came on a downfield block.
In Stanford's 26-20 victory over Oregon, the Cardinal ran the ball on each of its 17 fourth-quarter offensive snaps.
Yankey has 35 career starts.
The Outland Trophy, which has been awarded annually by the FWAA since 1946, is named after the late John Outland, an All-American lineman at the University of Pennsylvania in the late 1900s. The Outland Trophy is the third-oldest award in major college football behind the Heisman Trophy and Maxwell Award.
Outland Trophy Semifinalists
Aaron Donald DT Pittsburgh
Cyrus Kouandjio OT Alabama
Jake Matthews OT Texas A&M
Cyril Richardson OG Baylor
Bryan Stork C Florida State
David Yankey OG Stanford