Adams Named Lombardi Award Semifinalist


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HOUSTON- Clemson defensive end Gaines Adams is one of 12 semifinalists for the
Rotary Lombardi Award. Adams leads the ACC in sacks with 7.5 and is
a major reason the Tigers are ranked 12th in the nation in the latest
AP, USA Today, Harris and BCS Polls. The Tigers play Georgia Tech on
Saturday in an ESPN 7:45 PM contest.

A pair of returnees highlight the list of 12 college football
standouts named as semifinalists for the 37th Rotary Lombardi Award,
presented by Wachovia Bank. This year's dinner, which benefits the
American Cancer Society, will be held on December 6 at the Hilton
Americas Hotel in Downtown Houston.


Linebacker Paul Posluszny (Puz-LUZ-knee) of Penn State and offensive
tackle Joe Thomas of Wisconsin were each semifinalists in 2005. They
are joined by linebackers Buster Davis of Florida State and Patrick
Willis of Mississippi; offensive tackles Justin Blalock of Texas and
Dan Mozes of West Virginia; defensive ends Gaines Adams of Clemson,
Mkristo Bruce (M-kristo) of Washington State, Quentin Moses of
Georgia, Brian Smith of Missouri, and LaMarr Woodley of Michigan; and
defensive tackle Quinn Pitock of Ohio State. All 12 players are
playing their senior seasons for their respective schools.


This year's Rotary Lombardi Award is being presented by Wachovia
Bank, which is in the second year of a two-year presentation
sponsorship agreement with the Rotary Club of Houston Foundation to
support the event and its fund raising component. Tables and
individual tickets are now on sale through the Rotary Club of Houston
office (713) 973-9936.


The Rotary Club of Houston, in operation since 1912, is an
association of more than 300 successful business professionals, all
prominent in their individual fields of endeavor, who volunteer their
efforts through the work of some two dozen club committees.
Assistance is provided to such diverse groups as troubled youngsters,
former prison inmates, business oriented high school students,
families of cancer patients, deserving college scholarship candidates
and the nation's cancer research efforts. The Rotary Club of Houston
is leading a neighborhood initiative to benefit Houston’s East End.
Through collaboration with major corporate, civic and philanthropic
partners, including many Houston area Rotary Clubs, Rotary activities
will respond to identified community needs in the areas of public
health, education, vocational training and micro-enterprises.

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