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FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. -- Arkansas junior offensive tackle Shawn
Andrews is the only player named a finalist for the Outland Trophy
and the Lombardi Award this season.

Andrews joined Iowa offensive tackle Robert Gallery and LSU
defensive tackle Chad Lavalais on Monday as finalists for the
Outland Trophy, given by the Football Writers Association of
America.

The Outland Trophy, which goes to the nation's top interior
lineman on offense or defense, will be announced Dec. 11 on the
ESPN College Football Awards Show from Orlando, Fla.

Andrews has also been named as one of four finalists for the
Lombardi Award, which goes to the nation's top lineman or
linebacker.

"I'm so proud of Shawn and what he has accomplished this
season," Arkansas coach Houston Nutt said. "He is the only player
in the country to be a finalist for both the Outland Trophy and the
Lombardi Award. That is a tribute to his hard work and
dedication."

The Camden product has a team-high 85 knockdown blocks this
season, including a school record 21 in the Razorbacks' 34-31
double-overtime win at Alabama.

He also made school history by becoming the first offensive
lineman to earn a rushing attempt. Andrews has three carries for
three yards and two touchdowns this year.

Andrews will attempt to become the third Razorback to win the
Outland Trophy. Offensive guard and defensive tackle Bill "Bud"
Brooks won the award in 1954, and defensive tackle Loyd Phillips
captured the honor in 1966.

Washington State's Rien Long won the 2002 Outland Trophy.