Two Tigers named to Lombardi Top 20 List


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HOUSTON – The Rotary Lombardi Award committee via the Rotary Club of Houston announced today the top 20 nominations for the Rotary Lombardi Award. The award ceremony, that will be broadcast nationally, will be held in Houston Saturday, February 11, 2017.

Since 1970 the Lombardi Award has been present to the nations’ top college football lineman. In 2016, eligibility advanced to include all player positions who demonstrate outstanding performance and skill in offensive or defensive positions and best exemplify the discipline, virtue and wisdom that defined Vincent Lombardi's exceptional brand of leadership. The Top 20 selection includes a variety of player positions including four quarterbacks, five offense and 11 traditional defensive positions.

Players earned a position on the preliminary watch list by receiving All-American honors, being named to their respective all-conference teams, or by receiving 2016 pre-season honors. The Top 20 nominations was narrowed by votes from an electorate made up of head coaches from all FCAA FBS winners and finalists, as well as, sports journalists and members of the Football Writers Association of America. Currently there are approximately 400 voters.

The Top 20 Rotary Lombardi Award Nominations include:

Name
Position
University
Jonathan Allen
DE
Alabama
Reuben Foster
ILB
Alabama
Cam Robinson
OT
Alabama
Montravius Adams
DT
Auburn
Carl Lawson
DE
Auburn
Christian Wilkins
DT
Clemson
Deshaun Watson
QB
Clemson

Dalvin Cook
RB
Florida State
DeMarcus Walker
DE
Florida State
Lamar Jackson
QB
Louisville
Jabrill Peppers
LB/DB
Michigan
JT Barrett
QB
Ohio State
Pat Elflein
C
Ohio State
Evan Engram
TE
Ole Miss
James Connor
RB
Pittsburgh
Ejuan Price
DL
Pittsburgh
Donnell Pumphrey
RB
San Diego State
Derek Barnett
DE
Tennessee
Myles Garrett
DE
Texas A & M
Jake Browning
QB
Washington

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