National Award Winners: No. 78 Bryant McKinnie
2001 OUTLAND TROPHY WINNER
Joined Russell Maryland (1990) as an Outland Trophy winner given annually to the nation’s top lineman.
Capped an impressive career when he beat out Nebraska offensive guard Toniu Fonoti and 2000 Outland Trophy winner John Henderson of Tennessee for the award.
McKinnie, a 6-foot-9, 336-pound senior from Woodbury, N.J., never allowed a sack during his college career and anchored a line which averaged 5.5 yards per rushing attempt on the way to an undefeated season and the national championship.
Hallmark performance came when he dominated Syracuse All-America defensive end Dwight Freeney in Miami’s 59-0 victory, holding Freeney without a quarterback sack in 52 plays, setting the pace for an offense that rushed for a season-best 331 yards and accumulated 566 yards against the Orangemen.
Played two seasons after transferring from Lackawanna Junior College prior to sitting out the 1999 season as a redshirt.
Made a name for himself in Miami’s 27-24 victory over Florida State at the Orange Bowl when he shut down FSU’s Jamal Reynolds who managed just one assisted tackle in the game. Reynolds was a first-team All-American, the Lombardi winner and a first-round NFL draft pick.