The Doubletree Hotel in Omaha was packed last night with 700 Husker fans as Ndamukong Suh received both his Nebraska’s Chamberlin Trophy and the national Outland Trophy. Suh was joined by teammates Phillip Dillard and Matt O’Hanlon who were also honored before 700 enthusiastic Husker fans.
Dillard received Nebraska’s 2009 Tom Novak Award and safety Matt O’Hanlon received the 2009 Cletus Fischer Native Son Award.
Dillard received the Tom Novak Award for exemplifying “the courage and determination despite all odds” in the manner of Nebraska All-America Center Tom Novak, who also played fullback and linebacker and is still Nebraska’s only four-time all-conference selection. NU Linebacker Coach Mike Ekeler introduced Dillard at the Outland banquet.
O’Hanlon received the Cletus Fischer Native Son Award from his position coach, Marvin Sanders. Nebraska coaches select the Native Son Award winner on the basis of a player who “best exemplifies work ethic, competitiveness, leadership and a love of Nebraska” – all qualities demonstrated daily by the late Clete Fischer, NU’s offensive line coach from 1959-85.