Brandon Scherff hasn't quite had the world-dominating season we (or he) might have envisioned before the season began, thanks to injury and the occasional less-than-stellar performance. But he's also had some very good showings this year and he did do this:
Those good performances (and, to be fair, his name recognition) has helped earn him some recognition as a finalist for the Outland Trophy this year.
OT Brandon Scherff is 1-of-3 finalists for the @outlandtrophy! Congratulations Brandon! #GoHawks #Swarm2014 pic.twitter.com/FPTs8UgnGu— Hawkeye Football (@HawkeyeFootball) November 25, 2014
Scherff's fellow finalists for the Outland Trophy are Texas defensive tackle Malcolm Brown and Auburn center Reese Dismukes; you'll recall that the Outland is awarded to the top interior lineman on offense or defense. Quite how you distinguish between a defensive tackle, a center, and an offensive tackle is a bit beyond me, so I'm glad I'm not the one making the call. Good luck with that one, Football Writers Association of America! And hopefully you select Scherff.
If Scherff wins, he would join three previous Iowa winners of the Outland Trophy: Cal Jones (1955), Alex Karras (1957), and Robert Gallery (2003). With three Outland Trophy winners, Iowa has the fourth-most past winners in the history of the award, behind Nebraska (9), Oklahoma (5), and Ohio State (4). The winner of the Outland Trophy will be announced at the College Football Awards Show at 6-8 PM CT on ESPN on December 11, 2014.