The Outland Trophy (9)

Retired Jersey #75

All-American, 1971

1971 Lombardi Award 

 

1971: Larry Jacobson, Defensive Tackle (1969-1971)

Sioux Falls, SD

 

     A standout on Nebraska's 1970 and 1971 national championship teams, Larry Jacobson became Nebraska's first major award winner, capturing the Outland Trophy following his senior season. Jacobson became the first of seven Huskers to win eight Outland trophies, symbolic of the nation's top interior lineman.

     Jacobson's No. 75 was retired along with Trev Alberts' No. 34 and Will Shield's No. 75 at the 1994 Spring Game, marking the only time in school history that three jerseys were retired at the same time.

     As a senior, Jacobson recorded 73 tackles , including 28 solos, and added 12 tackles for 73 yards lost and an interception en route to earning All-Big Eight and All-America honors. One of two All-Americans (along with Rich Glover) on the Husker defensive line in 1971, Jacobson helped the Blackshirts to top-five national rankings in rush defense (85.9, second), total defense (202.9, fifth) and scoring defense (8.2, third) en route to a 13-0 record and a second straight national title. He also was lauded for his efforts in the classroom, earning GTE/CoSIDA Academic All-America honors following his senior campaign.

     Jacobson broke onto the national scene during his junior season, helping the Huskers to their first national title. The 6-foot-6 inch, 250-pound, Sioux Falls, S.D., native finished with 49 tackles, including 33 solos, nine tackles for 61 yards lost and a team-best three fumble recoveries.

     One of three Huskers selected in the first round of the 1972 NFL Draft, Jacobson was a first-round selection (No. 24 overall) by the New York Giants. He played with the Giants for four seasons before retiring following the 1975 campaign. 

 

Defense

Year

UT

AT

TT

TFL

BK

PBU

PI

1969

2

8

10

1-9

0

0

0

1970

33

16

49

9-61

0

1

0

1971

28

45

73

12-73

0

1

1

Totals

63

69

132

22-143

0

2

1


Retired Jersey #79

All-American; 1971, 1972

1972 Lombardi Award 

1972 Outland Trophy 

1972: Rich Glover, Middle Guard (1970-1972)

Jersey City, NJ 

 

     One of the finest defensive players in Nebraska and college football history, Rich Glover anchored the Husker defense during the early 1970s, helping Nebraska capture back-to-back national titles in 1970 and 1971 under Coach Bob Devaney.

     A 1995 inductee into the College Football Hall of Fame, Glover was a three-year letter winner, who earned consensus All-America honors in 1971 and 1972 and finished third in Heisman Trophy voting in 1972. The 6-foot-1, 235-pound middle guard is one of only 10 players in college football history to win both the Lombardi and Outland Trophies, the awards that are given to the top interior player and top lineman in the country, respectively, in the same season, sweeping the awards in 1972. His jersey (No. 79) was retired following the 1972 season.

     As a senior, Glover earned Big Eight Defensive Player-of-the-Year honors, helping the Huskers to a 9-2-1 record and a 40-6 victory over Notre Dame in the Orange Bowl. He finished the season with 100 tackles, including 52 solos, and nine tackles for 41 yards lost, as the Huskers led the Big Eight in total defense and ranked in the top 10 nationally in total defense, scoring defense and pass defense.

A Jersey City, N.J., native, Glover played an instrumental part in the Huskers 1971 national championship, earning All-Big Eight and All-America honors as Nebraska won its second straight national title with a 13-0 record. He is best remembered for his performance against Oklahoma in the Game of the Century when he made 22 stops in the Huskers' 35-31 victory over the second-ranked Sooners. In 1971, Glover led Nebraska with 92 tackles, including 46 solo stops, and 13 tackles for 73 yards lost. He saw limited action in 1970 as a sophomore, recording 19 tackles and three tackles for 13 yards lost.

     Following his collegiate career, he was drafted in the third round (No. 69 overall) of the 1973 NFL Draft by the New York Giants. He played with the Giants for one season before joining the Shreveport Steamers of the World Football League in 1974. He finished his career with the Philadelphia Eagles in 1975 and 1976. 

 

Defense

Year

UT

AT

TT

TFL

BK

PBU

PI

1970

5

14

19

3-13

0

3

0

1971

46

46

92

13-73

0

1

0

1972

52

48

100

9-41

0

2

0

Totals

103

108

211

25-127

0

6

0


Retired Jersey #50

All-American; 1981, 1982

1981 and 1982 Outland Trophy 

1982 Lombardi Award 

1981 and 1982: Dave Rimington, Center (1979-1982)

Omaha, NE

 

     The only player ever to win the Outland Trophy in consecutive years (1981 and 1982), Dave Rimington is one of the most decorated offensive linemen in college football history.

     The 6-foot-3, 290-pound center was a two-time first-team All-American in 1981 and 1982 and is one of just 13 Huskers to have his jersey retired. He was inducted into the College Football Hall of Fame in 1997, while his No. 50 jersey was retired by Nebraska in 1982.

     A three-time first-team All-Big Eight choice from 1980 to 1982, Rimington was named the Big Eight Offensive Player of the Year in 1981, marking the only time in conference history that a lineman has earned the prestigious honor. During his career, the Omaha South grad helped the Huskers win back-to-back Big Eight titles in 1981 and 1982, as Nebraska led the nation in rushing during his senior season.

     A four-year letterman and three-year starter, Rimington was named team captain and capped his senior season by winning the 1982 Lombardi Award. Also, a two-time first-team academic All-American, Rimington was honored by the NCAA as a Top-Five Student-Athlete and was selected as a National Football Foundation and College Football Hall of Fame Scholar-Athlete in 1982. He was also a three-time first-team academic All-Big Eight choice from 1980 to 1982. In 1999, he was selected to the Walter Camp All-Century team.

     A first-round draft choice of the Cincinnati Bengals in 1983, Rimington played five seasons with the Bengals, and played two seasons with the Philadelphia Eagles before retiring in 1989.

     Rimington is the president of the Boomer Esiason Foundation and resides in New York. In 2000, the first Rimington Award sponsored by the Boomer Esiason Foundation to honor college football's center of the year was presented to Nebraska center Dominic Raiola, whose jersey No. 54 was retired in 2002.


Retried Jersey #71

All-American, 1983

1983 Lombardi Award 

1983 Outland Trophy 

1983: Dean Steinkuhler, Offensive Guard (1981-1983)

Burr, NE 

 

     Among the top offensive linemen ever to play at Nebraska, Dean Steinkuhler anchored a line that paved the way for the nation's leading rushing offense in 1983 before sweeping the top awards presented to linemen.

     As a senior that season, Steinkuhler won both the Lombardi Award and Outland Trophy, awarded to the outstanding interior player and top lineman in the country, respectively. He helped create holes for Heisman Trophy winner Mike Rozier, who became only the second player in NCAA history to rush for 2,000 yards in a season in 1983.

     Steinkuhler's No. 71 jersey, along with Rozier's No. 30 jersey, was retired following the 1983 season, in which the Huskers ran for an average of 401.7 yards-per game, while also leading the nation in scoring, averaging 52.0 points per contest.

     Steinkuhler was named to nearly every All-American list in 1983, giving his hometown of Burr (population 110) the distinction of being the smallest town at the time to ever produce a consensus All-American.

     As a junior in 1982, Steinkuhler played side-by-side with three All-Big Eight selections (Dave Rimington, Mike Mandelko and Randy Theiss) before earning the honor himself the following year.

     Following a stellar senior season, Steinkuhler became the highest-drafted Husker linemen ever, when the Houston Oilers selected him as the second pick in the 1984 NFL Draft. Steinkuhler played eight seasons with the Houston Oilers before retiring following the 1991 season. Steinkuhler followed fellow Husker Irving Fryar in the draft, marking only the second time in NFL history, and the first since 1967, that the top two players were from the same school. 


Retired Jersey #75

All-American, 1992

1992 Outland Trophy 

1992: Will Shields, Offensive Guard (1989-1992)

Lawton, OK

 

     One of a long line of outstanding offensive linemen at Nebraska, Will Shields became the fifth Husker to win the Outland Trophy, capturing the prestigious award following the 1992 season.

     A consensus All-American and a Lombardi Award semifinalist as a senior, Shields helped the Huskers win national team rushing titles in three of his four seasons at Nebraska (1989, 1991 and 1992). NU's first scholarship player from the state of Oklahoma, Shields is one of only six Husker linemen to earn all-conference honors for three straight seasons.

     Shields No. 75 was retired at the 1994 Spring Game, along with Butkus Award winner Trev Alberts' No. 34 and the No. 75 jersey of former Outland Trophy winner Larry Jacobson. The ceremony marked the first time that three jerseys were retired at the same time.

     As a senior, Shields received votes for Big Eight Offensive Player of the Year and earned All-America honors from Kodak, AP, UPI, Walter Camp and Football News.

During his junior campaign, he was a unanimous selection to the All-Big Eight team and a second-team All-American, helping the Huskers rank first in the conference in rushing offense and total offense.

     Shields became the second offensive lineman to play as a true freshman in 1989, appearing in nine games. In his second year, Shields became the first sophomore lineman since College Football Hall of Famer Dave Rimington to earn first-team all-conference honors for NU, helping the Huskers lead the Big Eight in scoring, rushing and total offense.

     Following his collegiate career, Shields was selected by the Kansas City Chiefs in the third round of the 1993 NFL Draft continues to enjoy a successful career, being selected to the Pro Bowl in each of the past seven seasons. He is also one of the most active volunteers and community leaders in the NFL. He is the co-founder of the Will to Succeed Foundation with his wife, Senia. The foundation was organized to guide, inspire and improve the lives of abused and neglected women and children.


Retired Jersey #74

All-American, 1994

1994 Outland Trophy 

 

 

1994: Zach Wiegert, Offensive Tackle (1991-1994)

Fremont, NE

 

     The anchor of the 1994 Husker Pipeline, Zach Wiegert won the Huskers' seventh Outland Trophy, awarded to the nations top interior lineman, following Nebraska's 1994 national championship season.

     A consensus All-American, Wiegert led NU to its 11th NCAA rushing title and first national title since 1971. The Huskers averaged 340 yards per game on the ground as the Fremont, Neb., native led Nebraska with 113 pancake blocks in 1994. He even earned one first-place vote for the Heisman, ending up tied for ninth with 27 points. In addition to winning the Outland, he was a finalist for the Lombardi Award, a consensus All-American, the UPI Lineman of the Year and the Touchdown Club of Columbus Offensive Lineman of the Year. His No. 72 jersey was retired before the 1995 season.

     With a perfect 2.0 grade against Kansas, Wiegert was Nebraska's nominee for Big Eight Offensive Player of the Week, the first time an offensive lineman was nominated for weekly conference honors since 1987, and was also the ABC Chevrolet Player of the Game vs. UCLA.

     In his 46-game career, Wiegert, a three-year starter at right tackle, gave up just one sack en route to earning All-Big Eight honors in 1992, 1993 and 1994. He became one of only six linemen in NU history to earn first-team all-conference honors in three consecutive seasons. He earned second-team All-America honors in 1993, helping Nebraska to an undefeated regular season and an Orange Bowl appearance.

     Wiegert is one of only 17 players in school history to earn three straight first-team all-conference honors. He was a second-round draft pick by the St. Louis Rams (38th selection overall) in the 1995 NFL Draft. He played with the Rams until he was picked up by the Jacksonville Jaguars before the 1999 season.


Retired Jersey #67

All-American, 1996, 1997

1997 Outland Trophy Winner

1997: Aaron Taylor, Offensive Guard (1994-1997)

Wichita Falls, TX

 

     The only Husker to earn All-America honors at two different positions, Aaron Taylor is Nebraska's most recent Outland Trophy winner, taking the school's eighth award home following the 1997 season.

     The seventh Husker to win the Outland, Taylor earned All-America honors at center in 1996 before moving to left guard in 1997. During his career, the Huskers were 49-2 (.961) and won four straight bowl games, including three national titles. His No. 67 was retired in 1998.

     As a senior, he led the Huskers to a 13-0 record and the school's third national title in four years, finishing with a then-school record 137 pancake blocks. A co-captain, Taylor helped NU lead the nation in total offense, rushing offense and scoring offense in 1997. A consensus All-American, he was also a semifinalist for the 1997 Lombardi Award.

     As a junior, Taylor finished with 113 pancake blocks in helping NU rank fourth nationally in scoring, fifth in rushing and 25th in total offense. He earned first-team All-America honors from Football News, Football Writers and Walter Camp and was an all-conference first-team pick for the second consecutive year.

     After serving as a backup as a freshman, Taylor moved into a starting role in 1995. He helped Nebraska win its second straight national title, aiding NU to a No. 2 national ranking in total offense and a Big Eight and school-record 52.4 points per game, bettering a mark that had stood in the books since 1983. The Wichita Falls, Texas, native was a third-team All-American from Football News and earned first-team All-Big Eight honors from the AP and Football News. He is one of only six Husker linemen to earn first-team all-conference honors in three straight seasons.

     Following his Husker career, he was drafted by the Indianapolis Colts in the seventh round of the 1998 NFL Draft. He played with the Colts and the Chicago Bears during the 1998 season. 


All-American, 2009

2009 AP Player of the Year

2009 Bednarik Award

2009 Nagurski Trophy

2009 Lombardi Award 

2009 Outland Trophy 

2009 Bill Willis Award

2009: Ndamukong Suh, Defensive Tackle (2006-2009)

Portland, OR

 

 

     Ndamukong Suh became one of the most honored defensive players in college football history in 2009. Suh led a dominating Nebraska defense and his play resulted in accolades on the team, conference and national level. His senior season capped a highly productive career for the 6-4, 300-pound Suh that left him near the top of numerous Nebraska defensive charts. The honors captured by Suh during his senior season included the following:

- He was the first defensive player to win the Associated Press College Player of the Year Award since the inception of the honor in 1998.

- Suh was the first defensive tackle invited to the Heisman ceremonies in New York since Warren Sapp in 1994. Suh's fourth-place finish in the voting tied for the best by a defensive lineman since Nebraska's Rich Glover was third in 1972. Suh also received the highest-ever point total for a fourth-place finisher and his 161 first-place votes were the most ever for an interior defensive lineman.

- Suh won the Outland Trophy for the nation's top interior lineman, giving Nebraska a nation-leading nine Outland winners (eight players). No other school has won more than five Outlands. Suh was the first Husker to win the award since offensive guard Aaron Taylor in 1997.

- Suh won the Rotary Lombardi Award to become the fifth Husker to win the award and the first since 1997. Nebraska's five Lombardi awards are the second-most by one school in the 40-year history of the award, trailing only Ohio State's six Lombardi Award winners.

- Suh became the fourth Husker to sweep the Lombardi and Outland in the same season, joining Rich Glover (1972), Dave Rimington (1982) and Dean Steinkuhler (1983). Overall, Suh is just the 12th player to capture the Outland and Lombardi in the same season, with the only other player to do so since 1996 being LSU defensive tackle Glenn Dorsey in 2007 (also coached by Bo Pelini).

- Suh made a clean sweep of the national defensive player-of-the-year awards by winning the Chuck Bednarik Award and the Bronko Nagurski Trophy. Suh is the first Husker to receive both of those awards, and he became just the fifth player to sweep those two awards, most recently Miami's Dan Morgan in 2000.

-I n addition to the awards he won, Suh was also a finalist for the Walter Camp Player of the Year and the Lott Trophy.

- Suh was named the Big 12 Defensive Player of the Year by the league's coaches and every major outlet that chose a defender of the year. He was the first defensive player to win Big 12 Player-of-the-Year honors since Grant Wistrom in 1996 and 1997.

- Suh was one of 12 players who were unanimous All-America selections by being named to all five of the All-America teams that are recognized by the NCAA. Suh is the first unanimous All-American for Nebraska since Aaron Tayor in 1997.

     As a senior, Suh led Nebraska in tackles for the second straight season with 85 tackles, the most by a defensive lineman since 1974. He also became the first defensive lineman to lead Nebraska in tackles in consecutive seasons. He also led the team in tackles for loss (24), sacks (12), quarterback hurries (26) and blocked kicks (3). His 24 tackles for loss were second on the Nebraska season list, while his 12 sacks ranked third in school history. Suh's 10 pass breakups were second on the team and led the nation's defensive linemen. He also added his fourth career interception, an NU record for defensive linemen.

     Suh left Nebraska with his name prominently displayed in the Cornhusker record book.

- Suh had 57 career tackles for loss, good for the No. 2 spot on the list, just behind Grant Wistrom's school-record 58.5 tackles for loss.

- His 24 career sacks are tied for fourth in Nebraska history.

- He finished with 215 career tackles to rank 24th on the Nebraska career list. He ranked fourth among interior defensive linemen in career tackles.

- His 15 career breakups were also a position record, bettering the 11 by Steve Warren (1996-99).

- Suh had at least one tackle for loss in 21 of his final 25 games, including 12 of 14 games as a senior.

- He made at least five total tackles in 15 of his final 20 games.

- The two blocked kicks against Iowa State tied a Nebraska single-game record for any player and was a position record for defensive linemen. His three blocked kicks for the season were a position record, bettering his own two blocks in 2008.

- Suh's six career blocked kicks were a record for defensive linemen and were one shy of the school record for blocked kicks by any player.

 Suh's Career Statistics

 

 

Tackles

  

 

Fum

  

 

 

QB

Year

G/S

UT

AT

TT

TFL

Sacks

C-R

BK

PBU

PI

Hry.

2005*

2/0

0

1

1

0-0

0

0-0

0

0

0

0

2006

14/1

12

7

19

8-45

3.5-37

1-0

0

0

1

2

2007

12/11

22

12

34

6-29

1-6

0-1

1

2

0

4

2008

13/13

39

37

76

19-85

7.5-67

1-0

2

3

2

6

2009

14/14

52

31

85

24-93

12-77

1-0

3

10

1

26

Totals

55/39

125

90

215

57-252

24-187

3-1

6

15

4

38

  *Suh was granted a medical hardship following the 2005 season and regained a year of eligibility