From UNC Press Release
DALLAS, TX – Three finalists for the Outland Trophy, the third-oldest player award in major college football, were announced by the Football Writers Association of America (FWAA) on Monday.
Awarded since 1946 to the best interior lineman in college football, the Outland Trophy will be given out for the 67th time early next month to either Alabama center Barrett Jones, Texas A&M offensive tackle Luke Joeckel or North Carolina guard Jonathan Cooper.
Cooper, a 6-3, 305-pound senior from Hoggard high school, has been a standout lineman in the Atlantic Coast Conference this season and has not allowed a sack. He has been named ACC Offensive Lineman of the Week twice through games of Nov. 10. He has been one of the main reasons that North Carolina tailback Giovani Bernard has been one of the country's top rushers. Cooper is seeking to become North Carolina's inaugural Outland Trophy winner and the first from the ACC since North Carolina State's Jim Ritcher in 1979. He is the first Outland finalist from UNC.