OMAHA, Neb. (November 19, 2013) Baylor offensive guard Cyril Richardson was named one of six semifinalists for the 2013 Outland Trophy, the Greater Omaha Sports Committee announced on Tuesday.
Richardson is the leader for a Baylor offensive line that is part of the nation’s top offense as the Bears are averaging 684.8 yards per game and scoring 61.2 points per contest.
The Fort Worth, Texas, product has helped Baylor’s rushing offense blossom. BU is ninth nationally and leads the Big 12 with an average of 300.3 rushing yards per game. Richardson is also a key component in helping the Bears give up only 1.44 sacks per game.
Richardson had led Baylor in knockdowns in every game this season and has a total of 67 through nine games. He also has a team-high coaches’ grade average of 89.8 percent in those contests.
The BU senior is already a semifinalist for the Rotary Lombardi Award and was named a midseason All-American by seven national media outlets.
The Outland Trophy has been awarded to the best interior lineman in college football on offense or defense since 1946. This is the first year that the award has recognized semifinalists. Baylor last had a finalist for the honor in 1991 with defensive lineman Santana Dotson.
The field for the Outland Trophy will be reduced to three with an announcement on Nov. 25 on ESPN. The winner of the 68th Outland Trophy will be revealed on Dec. 12 on ESPN during the College Football Awards from the Dance Hall on the Disney Boardwalk in Lake Buena Vista, Fla.
The semifinalists were selected by the Football Writers Association of America (FWAA), in a call of its 2013 All-America Committee. The other five semifinalists up for the award include: Aaron Donald, Pittsburgh defensive tackle; Cyrus Kouandjio, Alabama offensive tackle; Jake Matthews, Texas A&M offensive tackle; Bryan Stork, Florida State center; and David Yankey, Stanford offensive guard.
BU is off to a 9-0 start to the season for the first time in program history and a 6-0 league start for the first time since 1980. The Bears are ranked No. 3 in the AP Top 25 and No. 4 in both the USA Today Coaches Poll and the BCS Standings. That AP ranking is Baylor's highest since 1953.
The Bears will now face No. 11 Oklahoma State on Saturday at 7 p.m. in Stillwater, Okla. That game will be broadcast to a full national audience on ABC.