COLLEGE FOOTBALL’S BEST INTERIOR LINEMAN
The 2018 Outland Trophy is awarded annually to the Nation’s Best College Interior Lineman on offense or defense.
THIS YEARS WINNER…
QUINNENN WILLIAMS, NT, ALABAMA CRIMSON TIDE
The 6-foot-4, 295-pound sophomore from Birmingham, Ala., was an unknown first-time starter when Alabama opened its season and was not mentioned on any preseason All-SEC teams by coaches or media. But Williams immediately became a dominant presence on a front line that has held its opponents to 117.0 rushing yards per game and helped the Crimson Tide’s defense rank fourth in the nation, allowing only 14.8 points per game, and ninth in the nation, giving up 295.4 yards per game. Including last week’s Southeastern Conference Championship Game, Williams leads Alabama with 18 tackles for loss and in yardage with 85 yards lost. His 8.0 sacks were second on the team but lead Alabama with minus-57 yards from those sacks.
Despite being in the middle of the line, Williams is third on the team with 66 total tackles and tied for the team lead with 42 unassisted tackles. He won the SEC’s Defensive Player of the Week award three times this season, and earlier this week was one of three players to earn Alabama’s Defensive Player of the Year Award, and one of four to earn the team’s Outstanding Defensive Player based on tackles and points given by the coaches.
The 2018 Outland Trophy finalists included:
- Alabama – OT Jonah Williams
- Alabama – NG Quinnen Williams
- Clemson – DL Christian Wilkins
The winner was announced on Dec 6th, however, the official presentation will be made at the Outland Trophy Awards Dinner produced by the Greater Omaha Sports Committee on Jan. 9, 2019.