The Rotary Club of Houston today announced the 43rd Annual Rotary
Lombardi Award Official Watch List. The Rotary Lombardi Award is given
to the nation's top college lineman or linebacker each year.
Eligibility for the Rotary Lombardi Award is limited to: 1) offensive or
defensive end-to-end down linemen who set up no farther than 10 yards to
the left or right of the ball and 2) linebackers who set up no farther
than five yards deep from the line of scrimmage. All candidates must be
eligible to play college sports under the rules and regulations of the
National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA).
The candidates earned a place on the Official Watch List by: earning
All-American honors last season; being named last season to their
respective all-conference first team as determined by the conference's
head coaches; being projected to be an All-American or first team
all-conference player for the coming season; or by nomination approved
by the nominations committee.
While the Watch List highlights those players who have already received
national recognition, any Division IA player who meets the above
requirements is eligible for consideration from the Rotary Lombardi
Award Selection Committee. The committee is comprised of more than 500
members, including all past winners and finalists, all Division IA head
coaches, and a panel of sportswriters and broadcasters.
The Rotary Lombardi Award Watch List is a reference tool for the
Selection Committee. It will be periodically revised until the first
round of voting is completed. The first round of voting determines the
Top 25 Quarter finalists for 2012. The second round of voting will
determine the final 7 semi-finalists or "Seven Blocks of Granite". The
third round of voting will determine the "four finalists" from the
"Seven Blocks of Granite". The fourth and final round of voting will
determine the winner of The 43rd Rotary Lombardi Award
which will be announced on national television live in "prime-time" 8-9
PM (CST) Wednesday, December 5, 2012 at The Hobby Center in Houston, TX
(network to be determined).
Last year's 2011 Rotary Lombardi Award winner, Luke Kuechly (LB-Boston
College) was drafted by the Carolina Panthers of the National Football
League (NFL). He was selected by the Panthers with the 9th overall pick
of the first round of the 2012 NFL Draft.
Other 2011 Rotary Lombardi finalists, Dont'a Hightower (LB - Alabama)
was the overall 25th pick in the first round of the NFL draft by the New
England Patriots; Courtney Upshaw, (OLB - Alabama) was the overall 35th
pick by the Baltimore Ravens; Jonathan Martin (OT-Stanford) was drafted
by the Miami Dolphins in the Second round and the 42nd pick overall."
For more information on the two-day schedule of events and ticket
opportunities, please visit www.rotarylombardiaward.org.
2012 Rotary Lombardi Award Watch List
1st team All-MWC after rebounding from 2010 season ending injury
Four year anchor of the BYU OL, 39 career starts in three years
2nd team All-ACC, 2nd in the ACC with 8 sacks (most for returning
National College Football Awards Association
The Rotary Lombardi Award is a member of the National College Football
Awards Association (NCFAA). The NCFAA was founded in 1997 as a coalition
of the major collegiate football awards to protect, preserve and enhance
the integrity, influence and prestige of the game's predominant awards.
The NCFAA encourages professionalism and the highest standards for the
administration of its member awards and the selection of their
candidates and recipients. For more information, visit the association's
official website, www.NCFAA.org.
The members of the NCFAA are unveiling their preseason watch lists over
a 12-day period this month. Fifteen of the association's 21 awards
select a preseason watch list and the NCFAA has spearheaded a
coordinated effort to promote each award's preseason candidates.
Following is the complete 2012 preseason watch list calendar:
Mon., July 9: Bednarik Award / Maxwell Award
Tue., July 10: Mackey Award / Rimington Trophy
Wed., July 11: Lou Groza Award / Ray Guy Award
Thurs., July 12: Bronko Nagurski Trophy / Outland Trophy
Fri., July 13: Jim Thorpe Award
Mon., July 16: Butkus Award / Rotary Lombardi Award
Tue., July 17: Biletnikoff Award
Wed., July 18: Davey O'Brien Award
Thurs., July 19: Doak Walker Award
Fri., July 20: Walter Camp Award
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