Gallery Wins Outland

<p>Cal Jones and Alex Karras won the prestigious Outland Trophy just two years apart; Jones won in 1955 and Karras won in 1957. 46 years later, Iowa's ‘Mountain' has carved out his own corner of Iowa Hawkeye history. Robert Gallery won the 2003 Outland Trophy Award on Thursday. The award goes to the nation's top interior lineman. Gallery, a two-time all American for Iowa, will receive the trophy on ESPN's College Football Awards broadcast tonight at 6PM central, HN.com has learned.

Nicknamed ‘The Mountain', the 6-7, 320-pound left tackle came to Iowa as a 240-pound tight end. After redshirting his first year at Iowa, he made the two-deep roster at tight end in 2000. A few games into that season, injuries on the offensive line forced Gallery to switch numbers and positions. He started the final six games of that season at right tackle.

Gallery made the full time move to left tackle in 2001 and has started 37 straight games at that position. He is one of the most physically dominating offensive linemen in the history of Iowa football.

The Outland Trophy is one of the most coveted awards in all of college football and is essentially the ‘Heisman Trophy' for interior linemen.

Iowa football players and coaches have won several prestigious awards over the past two seasons:

2002 John Mackey Award (Best Tight End): Dallas Clark (drafted 1st Round by Indianapolis)
2002 Lou Groaza Award (Best Kicker): Nate Kaeding, who was also a 2003 finalist
2002 Davey O'Brien (Nations Best Quarterback): Brad Banks, who was also the 2002 Heisman runner up
2002 AP Coach of the Year: Kirk Ferentz
Defensive line coach Ron Aiken won Assistant Coach of the Year in 2002
Special teams coach Lester Erb won Special Teams Coordinator of the Year

Gallery was also named the Big Ten's 2003 Offensive Lineman of the Year, marking the second straight year that an Iowa Hawkeye has won that award. Eric Steinbach (taken with the first pick of the 2nd round in the 2003 NFL draft and now starting at guard for the Cincinnati Bengals) won that honor in 2002. Gallery was a unanimous all-league selection by the Big Ten coaches this year.

ESPN NFL Draft Expert rates Gallery as the 5th best collegiate draft prospect and the top offensive lineman. Gallery is expect to be a Top 10 selection come April.


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