Tomlinson, a 6-3, 320-pound native of Chicago, Ill., was an All-ACC first team pick by the league’s head coaches in 2013 after anchoring a Duke offense that established school single-season records for total first downs (298), offensive yards (5,966) and points (459). Tomlinson, who was also named a preseason All-America second team selection by Athlon Sports and Phil Steele, is entering his fourth season as Duke’s starter at right guard.
Tomlinson has started 39 consecutive games and has played 3,032 career snaps the second most among any active offensive lineman in the country. In 2013, he was named to the ESPN.com All-Bowl Team for his performance in the Chick-fil-A Bowl in which Duke’s offense posted 48 points in a 52-48 loss to No. 21 Texas A&M. Duke surrendered the second fewest sacks per pass attempt in the ACC this past season.
The Outland Trophy winner is chosen from three finalists who are part of the FWAA All-America Team. The FWAA All-America Committee, after voting input from the entire membership, selects the 26-man first team and eventually the Outland finalists. Committee members, then by individual ballot, select the winner. Only interior linemen on offense or defense are eligible for the award; ends are not eligible.
The list will be trimmed to six or seven semifinalists on Nov. 20. Four days later, three Outland Trophy finalists will be named by the FWAA. The winner of the 69th Outland Trophy, named after the late John Outland, an All-America lineman at Penn at the turn of the 20th century, will be announced on ESPN on The Home Depot College Football Awards on Dec. 11 from Disney’s Boardwalk in Lake Buena Vista, Fla. Pittsburgh defensive tackle Aaron Donald won the award last season.