HONORING THE NATION’S
OUTSTANDING INTERIOR LINEMAN
Since 1946, the Football Writers Association of America (FWAA) has
awarded the Outland Trophy to the top interior lineman in college football.
Both offensive and defensive interior linemen are eligible for the award.
The Outland Trophy, presented by the National Foundation for Infectious
Diseases (NFID), is rich with some of the greatest players in college
football history. 40 of the 70 Outland Trophy winners (Dave Riminigton won
the award twice in 1981 and 1982) have been inducted into the College
Football Hall of Fame. That number will only continue
to grow as more recent winners like current NFL Defensive Player of the Year Aaron
Donald (2013 Outland Trophy winner) become eligible for induction.
Alabama redshirt sophomore nose guard Quinnen Williams was named the Outland
Trophy winner on December 6, 2018 during The Home Depot College Football Awards
on ESPN. Williams is one of the most feared defensive players in the nation. Playing on
an Alabama team that is known year in and year out for its stout defense, Williams leads the
team with 11 quarterback hurries and 18 tackles for loss. In a matchup of top 10 teams,
Williams had a career performance in a 29-0 shutout victory at LSU finishing the
game with 10 tackles (3.5 for loss) and 2.5 sacks. These numbers earned Williams
a number of national defensive player of the week awards. Williams helped
cement Alabama’s place in the College Football Playoff in the SEC championship,
accumulating eight tackles, two for loss, and a sack against Georgia.
Congratulations, Quinnen Williams
(Photo by Phil Ellsworth / ESPN Images)
Three Outland Trophy finalists, Quinnen Williams of University of Alabama, Christian
Wilkins of Clemson University, and Jonah Williams of University of Alabama
Quinnen Williams of the University of Alabama Crimson Tide, Winner of the Outland Trophy
at the 2018 College Football Awards
Quinnen Williams and Chris Fowler during the 2018 College Football Awards
(Photo by Allen Kee / ESPN Images)