UPI College Football Lineman of the Year

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UPI Lineman of the Year
Award details
Given for most outstanding college football lineman
Country United States
Presented by United Press International
First award 1950
Final award 1996

The United Press International Lineman of the Year award was given annually by United Press International (UPI) to the lineman of the year in college football. With the demise of UPI in 1997, the award was discontinued. Offensive and defensive linemen were eligible, including offensive ends, with one, Howard Twilley, winning in 1965. Like all UPI college awards at the time, it was based on the votes of NCAA coaches. Ross Browner of Notre Dame was the only two-time winner.


1950—Les Richter, California
1951—Bill McColl, Stanford
1952—Tom Catlin, Oklahoma
1953—J.D. Roberts, Oklahoma
1954Jack Ellena, UCLA
1955—Bob Pellegrini, Maryland
1956—Jerry Tubbs, Oklahoma
1957Alex Karras, Iowa
1958—Bob Harrison, Oklahoma
1959—Roger Davis, Syracuse
1960—Tom Brown, Minnesota
1961—Joe Romig, Colorado
1962Bobby Bell, Minnesota
1963Scott Appleton, Texas
1964Dick Butkus, Illinois[1]
1965Howard Twilley, Tulsa
1966Bubba Smith, Michigan State
1967Granville Liggins, Oklahoma
1968Ted Hendricks, Miami, (Fl)
1969Mike McCoy, Notre Dame
1970Jim Stillwagon, Ohio State
1971Walt Patulski, Notre Dame
1972Rich Glover, Nebraska
1973John Hicks, Ohio State[2]
1974Randy White, Maryland
1975Lee Roy Selmon, Oklahoma
1976—Ross Browner, Notre Dame
1977Ross Browner, Notre Dame
1978—Greg Roberts, Oklahoma
1979—Brad Budde, USC
1980Hugh Green, Pittsburgh
1981Kenneth Sims, Texas
1982Dave Rimington, Nebraska
1983Dean Steinkuhler, Nebraska
1984Bill Fralic, Pittsburgh
1985Tony Casillas, Oklahoma
1986Jerome Brown, Miami (Fl)
1987Chad Hennings, Air Force
1988Tony Mandarich, Michigan State
1989Chris Zorich, Notre Dame
1990Russell Maryland, Miami (Fl)[3]
1991Steve Emtman, Washington[4]
1992Eric Curry, Alabama
1993Rob Waldrop, Arizona
1994Zach Wiegert, Nebraska
1995Jonathan Ogden, UCLA
1996Orlando Pace, Ohio State


  1. ^ "Dick Butkus Top Lineman". Valley Morning Star. United Press International. December 10, 1964. p. 10. Retrieved June 23, 2017 – via Newspapers.com. 
  2. ^ "Hicks is UPI Lineman of Year". Chicago Tribune. December 11, 1973. p. 4. Retrieved June 23, 2017. 
  3. ^ Kjos, Les (December 12, 1990). "Russell Maryland: UPI Lineman of the Year". United Press International. Retrieved June 23, 2017. 
  4. ^ Shain, Jeff (December 14, 1991). "Huskies' Emtman Named UPI Lineman of Year". Deseret News. United Press International. Retrieved June 23, 2017.