Warhawks Kyle Cunningham Picks Up Big Honor
The Football Writers Association of America has announced the list of 41 standout linemen from around the country who have been nominated for consideration in the preseason.
Cunningham, a senior from Oklahoma City, Okla., is a two-time all-Sun Belt Conference honoree and is scheduled to start his 35th consecutive game at left tackle on Aug. 30 against Tulsa at Malone Stadium. Last season, the ULM offensive line ranked sixth in the country in sacks allowed with only 13 defenders getting to Kinsmon Lancaster and Chance Payne. The line also opened holes for all-Sun Belt running back Calvin Dawson, allowing Dawson to lead the Sun Belt with 1,210 yards on the ground.
"This is a great honor for Kyle," said ULM head coach Charlie Weatherbie. "He is a great leader and has been a starter for us since he was a freshman. We are excited for him and for our team."
Cunningham is one of two Sun Belt Conference players, along with Franklin Dunbar from Middle Tennessee. Cunningham and Glenn Dorsey of LSU are the only two players from Louisiana institutions on the list.
The Outland Trophy has been awarded to the best interior lineman in college football since 1946. The winner is selected by the FWAA's All-America Committee, which selects the association's 25-man All-America team and picks the three Outland Trophy finalists and the winner.
The 2007 Outland Trophy announcement will be on Dec. 6 in Orlando, Fla., on the ESPN Home Depot College Football Awards Show. The Outland Trophy presentation banquet, sponsored by the Greater Omaha Sports Committee, will be in January 2008 in Omaha, Neb.
The Outland Trophy has been awarded annually by the FWAA since 1946. It is named after the late John Outland, a lineman at Pennsylvania at the turn of the century. Wisconsin offensive tackle Joe Thomas won the 2006 Outland Trophy.
Additional Outland Trophy candidates may be added during the course of the season. Tackles, guards and centers are eligible for consideration.
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