The Outland Trophy, presented annually since 1946, is the third-oldest award in major college football. It is named after the late John Outland, an All-American lineman at Penn and Kansas at the turn of the 20th century. Prior winners include: Texas A&M's Luke Joeckel (2012), Alabama's Barrett Jones (2011), Wisconsin's Gabe Carimi (2010), Nebraska's Ndamukong Suh (2009) and Alabama's Andre Smith (2008).
To find out the official winners of college football's major awards, tune in to "The Home Depot College Football Awards" show live on ESPN at 7 p.m. ET on Dec. 12. Chris Fowler, Lee Corso, Kirk Herbstreit, Desmond Howard, Tom Rinaldi and Samantha Ponder will host the show, which will originate from the Atlantic Dance Hall on Disney's Boardwalk at the Walt Disney World Resort in Lake Buena Vista, Fla.
The Outland Trophy nominees
Aaron Donald: The senior defensive tackle from Pittsburgh is having a season to remember. He leads the nation in tackles for loss with 26.5. Add to that 10 sacks, four forced fumbles and a blocked kick and you have an all-around defensive threat. Compare that to Ndamukong Suh's memorable 2009 season: 20.5 tackles for loss and 12 sacks over 14 games.
Jake Matthews: Mel Kiper and Todd McShay both agree that Texas A&M's left tackle is the best in college, both having him ranked in the top four of their NFL prospects lists. Matthews helps lead an offense that ranks fourth in the country in yards and sixth in points, not to mention producing the reigning Heisman winner in Johnny Manziel.
Cyril Richardson: Behind Baylor's redshirt senior, the Bears have the top-ranked offense in all of college football, scoring 53.3 points per game and gaining more than 624 yards of total offense per. Having started all but one game since his sophomore year, Richardson has appeared in all but one game of his Baylor career. He remains Mel Kiper's top offensive guard prospect.