Nov. 20, 2014
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IOWA CITY, Iowa — University of Iowa senior offensive lineman Brandon Scherff is one-of-six semifinalists for the 2014 Outland Trophy. The announcement was made Thursday by the Football Writers Association of America (FWAA) and the Greater Omaha Sports Committee.
Scherff, a native of Denison, Iowa (Denison High School), is joined on the semifinal list by Texas defensive tackle Malcolm Brown, Florida State offensive guard Tre’ Jackson, Oregon offensive tackle Jake Fisher, Auburn center Reese Dismukes and Baylor offensive tackle Spencer Drango. Three finalists will be announced Monday, Nov. 24. The 2014 Outland Trophy winner will be announced Dec. 11, and presented the trophy Jan. 15, 2015, in Omaha, Nebraska.
Scherff is a 6-foot-5, 320-pound left tackle who has started all 10 games this season. He has 23 consecutive starts since missing the final five games of the 2012 season because of a major injury. He has started 33 career games.
“Brandon is a great leader for our football team and it is obvious to us that Brandon is enjoying his senior season,” said Iowa head coach Kirk Ferentz. “He’s playing his best football and is deserving of any and all individual honors that come his way. He is an outstanding representative of our program and one of the best and most physical offensive lineman I have been around in my career as a coach.”
Scherff has helped the Hawkeyes post a 7-3 record to date, including a 4-2 Big Ten Conference mark. He is also a semifinal candidate for the 2014 Rotary Lombardi Award. Earlier this season Scherff was named a first-team mid-season All-American by ESPN.com, CBSSports.com, SportingNews.com and Phil Steele. Prior to the season, Scherff was one-of-five players named to the Big Ten Conference West Division Players to Watch list.
A year ago, Scherff started all 13 games as Iowa posted an 8-5 record. He was named second-team All-America by the Football Writers Association (FWAA) and third-team All-America by both Athlon Sports and Lindy’s. He earned first-team All-Big Ten honors from league coaches and was Iowa’s offensive Most Valuable Player. He has been a member of Iowa’s Leadership Group the last four years.
Three Hawkeyes have previously won the Outland Trophy; Calvin Jones (1955), Alex Karras (1957), and Robert Gallery (2003). Mike Devlin was a semifinalist in 1992.
Iowa hosts Wisconsin on Saturday (2:33 p.m., ABC) and Nebraska on Friday, Nov. 28 (11 a.m., ABC) to close the regular season. Tickets for both games are on sale at the UI Athletics Ticket Office in Carver-Hawkeye Arena, by phone (1-800-IA-HAWKS) or online at hawkeyesports.com.
The Hawkeyes are bowl eligible for the 13th time in the last 14 seasons.