The Football Writers Association of America has revealed the semifinalists’ list for the prized Outland Trophy, and Baylor offensive guard Cyril Richardson is one of the names on the list and the only candidate from the Big 12.
The Outland Trophy is awarded annually to college football’s best interior lineman on offense or defense.
Richardson, a senior, is one of six semifinalists still in the running for the award, which was narrowed down from the original watch list of 75 players. Richardson is the leader on the offensive front for a Baylor offense that leads the nation in scoring (61.2 points per game) and total offense (684.8 ypg). Baylor’s rushing yards this season also are among the country’s best, largley as a result of Richardson’s presence on the offensive line. The Bears are averaging 300 yards per game on the ground, which tops the Big 12 and ranks ninth nationally.
The Ft. Worth native has helped Baylor give up only 1.44 quarterback sacks a game and has recorded 67 knockdowns through nine games.
The candidate list of six seminfinalists will be reduced to three finalists on Nov. 25, with the winner announced Dec 12. on ESPN as part of the Home Depot College Awards program.
Besides Richardson, the other semifinalists for the 2013 Outland Trophy are Pittsburgh defensive tackle Aaron Donald, offensive tackle Cyrus Kouandjio of Alabama, Jake Matthews of Texas A&M Florida State center Bryan Stark and offensive guard David Yankey of Stanford.