Nov. 25, 2013
Baylor senior offensive guard Cyril Richardson
is one of three finalists for the 2013 Outland Trophy, the Football Writers Association of America announced on Monday.
Richardson is the leader for a Baylor offensive line that blocks for the nation's top offense as the Bears are averaging 661.6 yards per game and scoring 56.8 points per contest. Both marks are on pace to break NCAA records.
The Fort Worth, Texas, product has helped Baylor's rushing offense blossom. BU is ninth nationally and leads the Big 12 with an average of 279.7 rushing yards per game. Richardson is also a key component in helping the Bears give up only 1.5 sacks per game.
Richardson has led Baylor in knockdowns in every game this season and has a total of 67 through nine games. He also has a team high coaches' grade average of 89.8 percent in those contests.
The Outland Trophy has been awarded to the best interior lineman in college football on offense or defense since 1946. Baylor last had a finalist up for the honor in 1991 with defensive lineman Santana Dotson.
Richardson was named a semifinalist for the Rotary Lombardi Award earlier this year and claimed midseason All-American status from seven national media outlets.
The other two finalists for the award are defensive tackle Aaron Donald of Pittsburgh and offensive tackle Jake Matthews of Texas A&M. The finalists will be featured on The Home Depot College Football Awards Nomination Special on ESPNU on Tuesday at 4:30 p.m. CT.
The winner of the 68th Outland Trophy will be revealed Dec. 12 on ESPN during the College Football Awards from the Dance Hall on the Disney Boardwalk in Lake Buena Vista, Fla.
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.
BU is off to a 9-1 start to the season for the first time since 1980 and a 6-1 league start for the first time since 1985. The Bears are ranked No. 9 in the AP Top 25 and the BCS Standings and No. 8 in the USA Today Coaches Poll.
The Bears next face TCU on Saturday at 2:30 p.m. in Fort Worth, Texas. The game will be broadcast on ESPN2.
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