Two Hawkeyes on Lombardi watch list

Published: April 29 2010 | 3:00 pm - Updated: 31 March 2014 | 12:01 am in
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From the Lombardi Award site:

2010 Rotary Lombardi Award

Preliminary Watch List

Houston, Texas – April 28, 2010 – The Rotary Lombardi Award Committee has released the preliminary watch list for the 2010 Rotary Lombardi Award.

Eligibility for the Rotary Lombardi Award is limited to down linemen, end-to-end, either on offense or defense, who set up no farther than 10 yards to the left or right of the ball, or linebackers who set up no farther than five yards deep from the line of scrimmage. The candidates earned a place on the preliminary watch list by earning All-American honors or by being named to their respective all-conference first team as selected by the conference’s head coaches. The Rotary Lombardi Award Watch List will be updated prior to the start of the 2010 season in order to identify those players who have been selected as pre-season honors candidates.

While the Watch List highlights those players who have already received national recognition, any Division 1 player who meets the requirements is eligible for consideration from the Rotary Lombardi Selection Committee. This committee is comprised of more than 500 members, including all past winners and finalists, all Division 1-A head coaches and a panel of sportswriters and broadcasters.

The Rotary Lombardi Watch List, intended as a reference tool for the Selection Committee, will be periodically updated and revised through the conclusion of the voting to determine the 12 Semifinalists for 2010.

Last year’s Rotary Lombardi Award winner, Ndamukong Suh (Nebraska) was picked up by the Detroit Lions and Finalist Gerald McCoy (OU) by Tampa Bay Buccaneers in the First Round of the NFL Draft.

The 41st Rotary Lombardi Award will be held on December 7- 8, 2010 at the George R. Brown Convention Center in Houston, Texas. For more information on the two-day schedule of events, please visit

Here's the list:

Player Pos. School Player Highlights

Sam Acho DE Texas HM all-Big 12, 10 sacks and 10 tackles for a loss (TFL)

Pierre Allen DE Nebraska Started all 14 games at DE, 51 tackles and five sacks

Marvin Austin DT UNC Second team all-ACC, 42 tackles and 4 sacks

Akeem Ayers LB UCLA Dynamic play maker, HM all-Pac 10, 3 Def. TDs & 14.5 TFL

Allen Bailey DT/DEMiami First team all-ACC, 4th in ACC in sacks per game

Jeff Battipaglia OT Navy Started all 13 games - led Navy rush attack to #4 ranking

Jeremy Beal DE Oklahoma Hendricks Award finalist, Third team All-American - 11 sacks

Chase Beeler C Stanford Second team all-Pac 10 selection for 8-5 Cardinal

Nick Bellore LB Cent. Mich. First team all-MAC, 102 tackles and 7 tackles for a loss

Broderick Binns DE Iowa Honorable mention all-Big Ten, 6.5 sacks and 10 TFL

Clint Boling OT Georgia Second team all-SEC selection at tackle

Justin Boren G Ohio State First team all-Big Ten guard (media)/Second team (coaches)

Chris Borland LB Wisconsin Big Ten Freshman of the Year, HM all-Big Ten

Da’Quan Bowers DE Clemson Projected to be #1 ranked DE in 2011 Draft, 3 sacks in 2009

Vontaze Burfict LB Ariz. State Sun Devils’ Human Highlight reel, Pac 10 Def. Freshman of the Year

Marcus Cannon OT TCU First team All-MWC - didn’t allow one sack in 2009

Tank Carder LB TCU Second team all-MWC, 89 tackles and 10 TFL

Gabe Carimi OT Wisconsin First team all-Big Ten tackle (media)/Second team (coaches)

James Carpenter OT Alabama Started all 14 games at left tackle for national champions

Bruce Carter LB UNC Second team all-ACC, led the nation with 5 blocked kicks

Jurrell Casey DT USC Honorable mention all-Pac 10, 4.5 sacks and 9 TFL

Anthony Castonzo OT Boston Col. First team all-ACC at tackle in 2009

Ugo Chinasa DE Ok. State Honorable mention all-Big 12, 6.5 sacks and 10 TFL

Adrian Clayborn DE Iowa 2010 Orange Bowl Defensive MVP, First team all-Big 10

Wayne Daniels DE TCU Second team all-MWC, 5.5 sacks and 9 TFL

Marcell Dareus DT Alabama 2010 BCS National Championship Game Def. MVP

Chris Galippo LB USC Honorable mention all-Pac 10, 70 tackles and 8 TFL

Cameron HeywardDT/DE Ohio State Second team all-Big Ten, led Buckeyes with 7.5 sacks

Mark Herzlich LB Boston Col Sat out 2009 following cancer treatments - all-ACC in 2008

Dont’a Hightower LB Alabama Injured in 2009 - played in only 4 games

Ross Homan LB Ohio State Second team all-Big 10 (media and coaches)

Justin Houston DE Georgia Second team all-SEC, 7.5 sacks and 15 TFLs (led team)

Rodney Hudson G Fl. State First team all-ACC, Awarded ACC Jacobs Trophy (best blocker)

Nate Irving LB NC State Injured in 2009, missed the entire season

Ethan Johnson DE Notre Dame Led the Irish with 4 sacks, moves out to DE in 2010

Greg Jones LB Mich. State First team all-Big Ten after 154 tackle season (3rd in nation)

Lance Kendricks TE Wisconsin 29 receptions for 356 yards and 3 TDs,

Ryan Kerrigan DE Purdue First team all-Big Ten (media)/Second team (coaches) - 13 sacks

Jake Kirkpatrick C TCU One of six finalists for Rimington Trophy (best center) in 2009

Luke Kuechly LB Boston Col. ACC Defensive Rookie of the Year, First team all-ACC

Travis Lewis LB Oklahoma First team All-Big 12, 109 tackles and 9.5 TFL

Jonathan Martin OT Stanford As freshman, started 11 games, leading way for Toby Gerhart

Casey Matthews LB Oregon Second team all-Pac 10, second on team with 81 tackles

Cliff Matthews DE South Car. Second team all-SEC, 7 sacks & 10 TFL, named captain as junior

Marcus McGraw LB Houston Fifth in the nation with 156 tackles (11.1 per game)

Pernell McPhee DE Miss. State Second team all-SEC in 2009, first year in SEC

Bruce Miller DE UCF CUSA Defensive Player of the Year, had 13 sacks

Von Miller OLB Texas A&M First team all-Big 12, led the nation in sacks with 17

John Moffitt G Wisconsin First team all-Big Ten, started at both left guard and center

Mike Mohamed LB Cal First team all-Pac 10, led Pac 10 with 112 tackles

Kris O’Dowd C USC 2009 pre-season All-American selection but only played in 8 games

Stephen Paea DT Oregon St. Co-recipient of Morris Trophy - Pac 10’s Top Def. Lineman

Jason Pinkston OT Pitt One of the top tackles in the 2011 Draft class, 28 career starts

Mike Pouncey G Florida Moves to C to replace brother, 17 career starts, HM all-SEC

Nate Potter OT Boise State First team all-WAC for 14-0 Broncos

Jerrell Powe DT Ole Miss Led the Rebels with 12 TFL and had 3 sacks

Ryan Pugh C Auburn Second team all-SEC selection in 2009, 31 career starts

Robert Quinn DE UNC First team all-ACC honors in 2009

Matt Reynolds OT BYU First team all-MWC starting all 13 games at left tackle

Barquell Rivers LB Va. Tech Recorded 89 tackles last season in first as starter

Greg Romeus DE Pitt Big East Co-Def. Player of the Year, Hendricks Award finalist

Kenny Rowe DE Oregon Honorable mention all-Pac 10, led Pac 10 with 11.5 sacks

Kyle Rudolph TE Notre Dame 33 receptions for 364 yards and 3 TDs in ten games

Weslye Saunders TE South Car. 32 receptions for 353 yards and 3 TDs

Kelvin Sheppard LB LSU Led LSU with 103 tackles (third in SEC)

Quan Sturdivant LB UNC First team all-ACC in 2009, led Tar Heels with 79 tackles

Nate Solder OT Colorado First team all-Big 12, only Buffalo to earn first team honors

Manti Te’o LB Notre Dame Registered 63 tackles in true freshman season

J.T Thomas LB West Va. First team all-Big East, registered 76 tackles

Bo Thran G Oregon Honorable mention all-Pac 10, started 12 games at LT

Ryan Winterswyk DE Boise State Two time first team All-WAC selection, 9 sacks in 2009

Lawrence Wilson LB Connecticut First team all-Big East, led conference with 140 tackles

Stefen Wisniewski C Penn State First team all-Big Ten selection at center

Alex Wujciak LB Maryland First team all-ACC in 2009, eighth in nation in tackles with 131

Lee Ziemba OT Auburn Second team all-SEC (coaches), has 38 consecutive starts

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