Alabama junior offensive tackle Cam Robinson, Crimson Tide senior defensive end Jonathan Allen, and Bama senior tight end O.J. Howard have been named as finalists for national college football awards.
Robinson was chosen as one of three finalists for the Outland Trophy, given to the best interior lineman in college football. Allen was selected as a finalist for the 2016 Chuck Bednarik Award, given annually to college football’s top defensive player. Howard was selected as one of three finalists for the 2016 John Mackey Award, given to the nation’s top tight end.
Robinson has been a staple at left tackle since he stepped foot on campus, starting all 40 games of his career protecting the blind side. He anchors a Tide offensive line that has blocked for the Southeastern Conference’s top scoring offense and has helped the Alabama rushing attack to accumulate 249.8 yards per game, a total that is second in the conference.
The Monroe, La., native has blocked for 10 100-yard rushing games this season and 27 100-yard rushers during his three year career. This season, he has recorded 23 knockdown blocks in 11 games while protecting Alabama quarterbacks from some of the top edge pass rushers in the nation.
Joining Robinson are Pat Elflein of Ohio State and Cody O’Connell of Washington State.
Allen has been a force for one of the nation’s top-ranked units, anchoring the Crimson Tide’s defensive line. Providing consistent pressure from his end spot, he has collected a team-high 13 quarterback hurries and has made seven sacks (-55 yards). He has also added 9.5 tackles for loss (-70 yards) as part of his 46 tackles on the season. The senior lineman has returned a team-leading two fumble recoveries for 105 combined yards and two touchdowns. For his career, Allen has totaled 25 career sacks to place him second on the Tide’s all-time list behind former Crimson Tide standout and NFL Hall of Famer Derrick Thomas.
Joining Allen as finalists are Myles Garrett of Texas A&M and Jabrill Peppers of Michigan.
Howard has continued his steady play during his senior season, catching 30 passes for 359 yards and two touchdowns while averaging 12.0 yards per catch. He has at least one catch in every game this year and has improved as the season wears on, totaling 16 receptions for 150 yards and a touchdown across his last four games. Howard has also shown impressive blocking skills this season, helping the Alabama’s ground game accumulate 2,777 yards through 11 contests to average 252.5 yards per game on the ground.
The Mackey Award is given annually to the most outstanding tight end in college football and has been presented each year since 2000. Howard is joined by fellow seniors Jake Butt of Michigan and Clemson’s Jordan Leggett.
The winners will be named during The Home Depot College Football Awards show on ESPN from the College Football Hall of Fame in downtown Atlanta on Thursday, Dec. 8 at 6 p.m. CST.