Jason Spriggs a semifinalist for Outland Trophy #iufb

Jason Spriggs, a stalwart at left tackle since matriculating at Indiana four years ago, is now one six semifinalists for the 2015 Outland Trophy, presented annually to honor college football’s top lineman.

The Football Writers Association of American announced the semifinalists Thursday evening, with Spriggs joined by Baylor offensive tackle Spencer Drango, Stanford offensive guard Joshua Garnett, Alabama center Ryan Kelly, Alabama defensive tackle A’Shawn Robinson and Notre Dame offensive tackle Ronnie Stanley.

Spriggs has started a team-high 44 times in 45 games, including 28 consecutive to open his career. He owns a career-best 56 knockdown blocks in 805 snaps and has allowed just two sacks in 365 called pass attempts this season. Coupled with his 2014 performance, the Elkhart, Ind., native has only given up four sacks in 1,494 plays.

During the Hoosiers’ spring testing, Spriggs ran a 4.82 40-yard dash (that would have been first among tackles at the 2015 NFL Combine participants), posted a 37.5 vertical leap (first), benched 455 pounds and 33 reps on the 225-pound bench (fourth), and clean lifted 365 pounds.

Indiana ranks first in the Big Ten in total offense (467.5 yards), second in passing offense (269.6), third in rushing offense (197.9) and fourth in scoring offense (33.3) this season. The Hoosiers are first in the Big Ten with 12 sacks allowed.

The Outland field will be paired to three finalists next week, and the winner will be announced Dec. 10 on ESPN.

5 comments

  1. Congratulations to Spriggs I hope he makes the next cut. It will be interesting to see where he gets drafted. It certainly will help recruiting if he is drafted in the first few rounds as OL players will see IU as a place they can develop into NFL OL men.

  2. Congratulations to Mr Jason Spriggs, he truly has earned this honor… you have been a wonderful player/student athletic at Indiana University….its been a real pleasure watching you play the last four years .

  3. Spriggs came to IU as a TE. Being an ex-OL man and ex-OL coach Wilson saw Spriggs as a real weapon to be developed for the OL. Coach Frey did the dirt under the finger nails work to get him ready as a Frosh. Finished product 4 years later with the Outland in sight. A great IU story.

  4. Yes, I agree HC. He’s been outstanding all four years. I think he really stood out in the Michigan game, and the TV people highlighted his dominance. I hope he finishes his IU career strong and does real well in the NFL draft. His upside is HUGE.

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