2012 major awards watch lists

HOUSTON -- The Rotary Club of Houston on Monday announced the 43rd Annual Rotary Lombardi Award 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:

• Offensive or defensive end-to-end down linemen who set up no farther than 10 yards to the left or right of the ball
• 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 NCAA.

The candidates earned a place on the 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
• 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 25 quarterfinalists for 2012. The second round of voting will determine the seven 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 Wednesday, Dec. 5, 2012 at The Hobby Center in Houston, Texas.

Last year’s 2011 Rotary Lombardi Award winner, Luke Kuechly, was drafted by the Carolina Panthers with the ninth overall pick of the 2012 NFL Draft.

 

2012 ROTARY LOMBARDI AWARD WATCH LIST
PLAYER POSITION SCHOOL
Oday Aboushi OT Virginia
Denicos Allen LB Michigan State
Jacolby Ashworth OT Houston
Jeremiah Attaochu LB Georgia Tech
Alvin Bailey C Arkansas
Dion Bailey LB USC
David Bakhtiari OT Colorado
Chris Barker G Nevada
Mario Benavides C Louisville
Chris Borland LB Wisconsin
Jonathan Bostic LB Florida
Arthur Brown LB Kansas State
Jonathan Brown LB Illinois
Travis Brown LB Fresno State
Michael Buchanan DE Illinois
Max Bullough LB Michigan State
Nick Carlson C Wyoming
Braxston Cave C Notre Dame
Michael Clay LB Oregon
Jadeveon Clowney DE South Carolina
Jamie Collins DE/LB Southern Miss
Jonathan Cooper G North Carolina
Scott Crichton DE Oregon State
Kenny Demens LB Michigan
Aaron Donald DE Pitt
Tyler Eifert TE Notre Dame
Gavin Escobar TE San Diego State
Chris Faulk OT LSU
Joseph Fauria TE UCLA
Sharrif Floyd DE Florida
DJ Fluker OT Alabama
Blaize Foltz G TCU
Winston Fraser LB FIU
Travis Frederick C/G Wisconsin
Dalton Freeman C Clemson
Ben Gardner DE Stanford
James Gayle DE Virginia Tech
William Gholston DE Michigan State
Ryne Giddins DE USF
Khaseem Greene LB Rutgers
Steve Greer LB Virginia
Ryan Griffin TE U Conn
Jeremy Grove LB East Carolina
Ben Habern C Oklahoma
Johnathan Hankins DT Ohio State
Braden Hansen G BYU
Eric Herman G Ohio
Jordan Hicks LB Texas
Jordan Hill DT Penn State
Gerald Hodges LB Penn State
Khaled Holmes C USC
Wes Horton DE USC
Margus Hunt DE SMU
Alex Hurst OT LSU
James Hurst OT North Carolina
Gabe Ikard G Oklahoma
Gabe Jackson G Mississippi State
Andrew Jackson LB Western Kentucky
Jackson Jeffcoat DE Texas
Brandon Jenkins DE Florida State
Jelani Jenkins LB Florida
John Jenkins NT Georgia
Luke Joeckel OT Texas A&M
Nico Johnson LB Alabama
Travis Johnson DE San Jose State
Barrett Jones C/G/T Alabama
Chris Jones DL Bowling Green
Jarvis Jones OLB Georgia
Dion Jordan DE Oregon
Joe Kellogg G Boise State
Zac Kerin C Toledo
A.J. Klein LB Iowa State
Jake Knott LB Iowa State
Tyler Larsen C Utah State
DeDe Lattimore LB USF
Corey Lemonier DE Auburn
Taylor Lewan OT Michigan
Shaun Lewis LB Oklahoma State
Rob Lohr DE/DT Vanderbilt
Spencer Long G Nebraska
Travis Long DE/OLB Washington State
Star Lotulelei DT Utah
Philip Lutzenkirchen TE Auburn
Khalil Mack LB Buffalo
Trent Mackey LB Tulane
Joe Madsen C West Virginia
Stansly Maponga DE TCU
Zack Martin OT Notre Dame
Jake Matthews OT Texas A&M
Chris McDonald G Michigan State
Barkevious Mingo DE LSU
Sam Montgomery DE LSU
Sio Moore LB U Conn
James Morris LB Iowa
Morgan Moses OT Virginia
C.J. Mosley LB Alabama
Jeff Nady OT Nevada
Corey Nelson LB Oklahoma
Roosevelt Nix DE Kent State
Alex Okafor DE Texas
Kevin Pierre-Louis LB Boston College
Sean Porter LB Texas A&M
Sean Progar DE Northern Illinois
Justin Pugh OT Syracuse
Hayes Pullard LB USC
David Quessenberry OT San Jose State
Kevin Reddick LB North Carolina
Taylor Reed LB SMU
Cyril Richardson G Baylor
Weston Richburg C Colorado State
Marcus Rush DE Michigan State
Kawann Short DT Purdue
John Simon DE Ohio State
Shayne Skov LB Stanford
Adam Smith G Western Kentucky
Keith Smith LB San Jose State
Akeem Spence DT Illinois
Baker Steinkuhler DT Nebraska
Jake Stoneburner TE Ohio State
Bruce Taylor LB Virginia Tech
Devin Taylor DE South Carolina
Lane Taylor G Oklahoma State
Mike Taylor LB Wisconsin
Manti Te'o LB Notre Dame
Chase Thomas LB Stanford
Levine Toilolo TE Stanford
Omoregie Uzzi G Georgia Tech
Kyle Van Noy LB BYU
Joe Vellano DT Maryland
LaAdrian Waddle OT Texas Tech
Ricky Wagner OT Wisconsin
Brian Wagner LB Arizona
Mason Walters G Texas
Larry Warford G Kentucky
Chance Warmack G Alabama
Stephen Warner C La. Tech
Bjoern Werner DE Florida State
Nikita Whitlock DT Wake Forest
Jesse Williams DE Alabama
Sylvester Williams DT North Carolina
Trevardo Williams DE U Conn
Luke Willson TE Rice
Brian Winters OT Kent State
Dwayne Woods LB Bowling Green
Carson York G Oregon