Rotary Lombardi Award Announces Preliminary Watch List and New Eligibility Opportunities

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The 47th annual Rotary Lombardi Award releases 158 candidates on watch list and updates eligibility to include all football positions.

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The Rotary Lombardi Award committee announced a preliminary watch list of college football players who have the potential to win the honorable Rotary Lombardi Award for the 2016/2017 football season.

The starting list of 158 candidates are players 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 players gained a position on the preliminary watch list by earning All-American honors, being named to their respective all-conference teams, or by receiving 2016 pre-season honors.

The Rotary Lombardi Award began in 1970 by the Rotary Club of Houston to honor NFL coach Vince Lombardi and to recognize outstanding college football lineman. The award began as recognition to only interior line positions that Vince Lombardi played while an undergraduate at Fordham University (offensive and defensive guard), and later expanded to include linebackers and tight ends, with the addition of including non-performance values: leadership, courage, desire, respect for authority, and discipline.

The 47th Annual Rotary Lombardi Award continues the evolvement of the Lombardi legacy by now expanding the eligibility of the award to all player positions that are outstanding performers and exhibit great leadership attributes. Following the preliminary watch list, a nomination period will open to the internal selection committee to add additional players who meet the skill and leadership standards set forth for the Rotary Lombardi Award.

“We’re honored to be a part of the year in which the Rotary Lombardi Award reaches new heights by expanding the positions in which players are eligible for the award,” said co-chair Billy Bray. “We’re aiming to honor the award recipient in a big way as well as surpass previous funds raised at this event to continue the fight against cancer.”

As stipulated by Vince Lombardi’s widow, Marie, when the award began, net proceeds from the award activities are contributed to cancer research and children who cannot afford treatment to fight the disease that claimed the life of Vince Lombardi. The Rotary Lombardi Award continues to be hosted by the Rotary Club of Houston and benefits the American Cancer Society, MD Anderson Cancer Center and the Texas Children’s Hospital.

The award ceremony date will be announced later in the football season along with updated lists of award candidates.


Name                          Position              School
Montravius Adams     DT                     Auburn
Otaro Alaka                  OLB                     Texas A&M
Brian Allen                     OG                  Michigan State
Jonathan Allen             DE                      Alabama
Ryan Anderson             OLB                     Alabama
Zach Banner                     OT                          USC
Saquon Barkley             RB                     Penn State
Derek Barnett             DE                     Tennessee
J.T. Barrett                     QB                     Ohio State
C.J. Beathard             QB                          Iowa
Kendell Beckwith     ILB                          LSU
Vince Biegel                  OLB                      Wisconsin
Adam Bisnowaty     OT                     Pittsburgh
Ben Boulware             ILB                     Clemson
Caleb Brantley              DT                          Florida
Matt Breida                      RB                  Georgia Southern
DeAngelo Brown             DT                     Louisville
Orlando Brown             OT                     Oklahoma
Jake Browning             QB                      Washington
Riley Bullough             ILB                    Michigan State
Jake Butt                     TE                         Michigan
Tom Cameron              C                  Southern Miss
Josh Carraway             DE                          TCU
Lorenzo Carter             OLB              Georgia
Nick Chubb                     RB                      Georgia
Corey Clement             RB                      Wisconsin
Mason Cole                      C                      Michigan
James Conner             RB                      Pittsburgh
Dalvin Cook                 RB                  Florida State
Tyrell Crosby             OT                         Oregon
Troy Crowder             OG                      Clemson
Zach Cunningham     ILB                      Vanderbilt
Ed Davis                            OLB          Michigan State
Jarrad Davis             OLB                         Florida
J.J. Dielman                      OT                          Utah
Josh Dobbs                      QB                      Tennessee
Evan Engram              TE                        Ole Miss
Pat Elflein                      C                      Ohio State
Luke Falk                     QB                  Washington State
Folorunso Fatukasi      DT             Connecticut
Dan Feeney                 OG                         Indiana
Devonte Fields              DE                         Louisville
Salamo Fiso                     OLB                    Arizona State
Kylie Fitts                      DE                     Utah
Reuben Foster              ILB                 Alabama
Leonard Fournette      RB                     LSU
Royce Freeman              RB                  Oregon
Kyle Fuller                      C                         Baylor
Wayne Gallman              RB                 Clemson
Myles Gaskin              RB              Washington
Myles Garrett              DE                     Texas A&M
Avery Gennesy              OT                     Texas A&M
Ryan Glasgow              DT                  Michigan
Davon Godchaux      DT                      LSU
Colby Gossett              OT             Appalachian State
Jay Guillermo              C                          Clemson
Daeshon Hall              DE                 Texas A&M
Darius Hamilton              DT                     Rutgers
Da'Shawn Hand              DT                  Alabama
Charles Harris              DE                  Missouri
Marquis Haynes              DE                        Ole Miss
Jon Heck                      OT              North Carolina
Bucky Hodges              TE                         Virginia Tech
Deon Hollins              OLB                     UCLA
Elijah Hood                      RB              North Carolina
O.J. Howard                      TE                          Alabama
Sam Hubbard              DE                  Ohio State
Jalen Hurd                      RB                  Tennessee
Maurice Hurst              DT                  Michigan
Mitch Hyatt                      OT                     Clemson
Martez Ivey                      OG                      Florida
Malik Jefferson              ILB                      Texas
Josey Jewell              ILB                         Iowa
Dorian Johnson              OG                  Pittsburgh
Jaleel Johnson              DT                                 Iowa
Roderick Johnson      OT                  Florida State
D.J. Jones                      DT                      Ole Miss
Jarron Jones              DT                  Notre Dame
Nazair Jones              DT                         North Carolina
Brad Kaaya                      QB                         Miami
Kyle Kalis                      OG                      Michigan
Chad Kelly                      QB                      Ole Miss
Keith Kelsey                      ILB                     Louisville
Arden Key                      DE                          LSU
Micah Kiser                      ILB                      Virginia
George Kittle              TE                          Iowa
Forrest Lamp              OT                 Western Kentucky
Harold Landry              DE                  Boston College
Carl Lawson                      DE                         Auburn
Elijah Lee                      OLB                      Kansas State
Jordan Leggett              TE                             Clemson
Tyquan Lewis              DE                      Ohio State
Nick Linder                         C                                  Miami
shock Linwood              RB                          Baylor
Lowell Lotulelei              DT                          Utah
Patrick Mahomes      QB                      Texas Tech
Damien Mama              OG                             USC
Jamal Marcus              DE                         Akron
Hercules Mata'afa      DE                 Washington State
Jaylen Reeves-Maybin OLB                      Tennessee
Baker Mayfield              QB                     Oklahoma
Christian McCaffrey      RB                          Stanford
Conor McDermott      OT                          UCLA
Malik McDowell              DT                     Michigan State
James McFarland      DE                              TCU
Mike McGlinchey              OT                      Notre Dame
Takkarist McKinley      DE                            UCLA
Raekwon McMillan     ILB                      Ohio State
Matt Milano                      OLB                     Boston College
Calvin Munson              OLB                 San Diego State
Lewis Neal                      DE                              LSU
Hardy Nickerson             ILB                          Illinois
Tyler Orlosky                 C                              West Virginia
Daron Payne                      DT                          Alabama
Samaje Perine              RB                         Oklahoma
Caleb Peterson              OG                      North Carolina
Harrison Phillips              DT                          Stanford
Ethan Pocic                        C                                     LSU
Billy Price                      OG                      Ohio State
Donnel Pumphrey      RB                  San Diego State
Greg Pyke                      OG                         Georgia
Jake Replogle              DT                          Purdue
Cam Robinson              OT                         Alabama
Isaac Rochell              DE                             Notre Dame
Larry Rose III              RB              New Mexico State
Josh Rosen                      QB                          UCLA
Chase Roullier              OG                      Wyoming
Mason Rudolph              QB                 Oklahoma State
Seth Russell                      QB                          Baylor
Jaylen Samuels             TE/FB              North Carolina State
Nico Siragusa              OG                  San Diego State
Dan Skipper                      OT                      Arkansas
Braden Smith              OG                      Auburn
Cameron Smith              ILB                          USC
Dawuane Smoot              DE                         Illinois
Steven Taylor              OLB                      Houston
Chad Thomas              DE                          Miami
Solomon Thomas      DE                      Stanford
Dalvin Tomlinson              DT                      Alabama
Eddie Vanderdoes      DT                                 UCLA
Anthony Walker             ILB                     Northwestern
Charles Walker              DT                      Oklahoma
DeMarcus Walker      DE                      Florida State
Greg Ward, Jr.              QB                      Houston
Carlos Watkins              DT                             Clemson
Deshaun Watson      QB                      Clemson
Davis Webb                      QB                      California
Sean Welsh                     OG                             Iowa
Christian Wilkins              DT                         Clemson
Connor Williams              OT                          Texas
Tim Williams              OLB                          Alabama
Tre Williams                      OLB                          Auburn
Deatrich Wise, Jr.      DE                         Arkansas
Chris Wormley              DT                         Michigan
Taylor Young              OLB                          Baylor

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