Lombardi Award Watch List Released

By: Kim Allen Email
By: Kim Allen Email

2012 Rotary Lombardi Award Watch List
Player Position University Player Highlights
Oday Aboushi OT Virginia 2nd team All-ACC in 2011, 20 career starts at left tackle (25 in total)
Denicos Allen LB Michigan State Finished 12th nationally with 11 sacks, 6th most in MSU single season
Jacolby Ashworth OT Houston 2nd team All-CUSA selection in 2011, 30 career starts
Jeremiah Attaochu LB Georgia Tech Honorable mention All-ACC, tied for 6th in the ACC with 6 sacks in 2011
Alvin Bailey C Arkansas Pre-season All-American candidate, 2nd team All-SEC
Dion Bailey LB USC Pac 12 Freshman Defensive Player of the Year, 2nd team Fr. All-American
David Bakhtiari OT Colorado Moves to left tackle after 2nd team All-Pac 12 season in 2011
Chris Barker G Nevada 2X 1st team All-WAC selection, 40 career starts for the Wolf Pack
Mario Benavides C Louisville Honorable mention All-Big East in 2011, missed final 3 games
Chris Borland LB Wisconsin 1st team All-Big 10 in 2011, finished with 143 tackles
Jonathan Bostic LB Florida Led the Gators with 94 tackles on the season, 10 tackles for a loss
Arthur Brown LB Kansas State 1st team All-Big 12 and Defensive Newcomer of the Year in 2011
Jonathan Brown LB Illinois 2nd team All-Big 10 (media), honorable mention All-Big 10 (coaches)
Travis Brown LB Fresno State 1st team All-WAC, led the Bulldogs with 85 tackles
Michael Buchanan DE Illinois 2nd team All-Big 10, finished year with 13.5 tackles for a loss
Max Bullough LB Michigan State 3rd generation Spartan, 2nd team All-Big 10, led team with 89 tackles
Nick Carlson C Wyoming 2nd team All-MWC, 33 career starts
Braxston Cave C Notre Dame The foundation of the Irish line, must overcome injuries from 2011
Michael Clay LB Oregon Leading returning front seven tackler in the Pac-12 (102)
Jadeveon Clowney DE South Carolina SEC Freshman of the Year, 2nd team All-SEC, 12 tackles for a loss
Jamie Collins DE/LB Southern Miss Led the Golden Eagles in tackles (98) and had 19.5 TFL in 2011
Jonathan Cooper G North Carolina Arguably the nation's #1 NFL guard prospect, 2nd team All-ACC last year
Scott Crichton DE Oregon State 1st team Freshman All-American, tied for 2nd in Pac-12 with 14.5 TFL
Kenny Demens LB Michigan Michigan's leading tackler in 2011 with 94
Aaron Donald DE Pitt 2nd in the Big East with 11 sacks, 2nd team All-Big East
Tyler Eifert TE Notre Dame Thought by many to be the clear cut best tight end in the nation
Gavin Escobar TE San Diego State 1st team All-MWC in 2011, 2nd team All-MWC in 2010
Chris Faulk OT LSU 2nd team All-SEC in 2011 after moving from right to left tackle
Joseph Fauria TE UCLA 2nd leading receiver for the Bruins, 39 receptions and 6 TDs
Sharrif Floyd DE Florida Highly talented lineman who has chance to star nationally in 2012
DJ Fluker OT Alabama Emerging as Alabama's most talented OL, started all 13 games last year
Blaize Foltz G TCU

1st team All-MWC after rebounding from 2010 season ending injury
Winston Fraser LB FIU 1st team All-Sun Belt, led the Golden Panthers with 108 tackles
Travis Frederick C/G Wisconsin All-Big 10 candidate, Rimington Award Watch list in 2012
Dalton Freeman C Clemson 1st team All-ACC center, 22 career starts
Ben Gardner DE Stanford 2nd team All-Pac 12 playing opposite Thomas, had 10 TFL in 2011
James Gayle DE Virginia Tech 2nd team All-ACC, listed as Pre-season 1st team candidate for 2012
William Gholston DE Michigan State Thought to be one of the top NFL prospects, 2nd team All-Big 10 last year
Ryne Giddins DE USF 2nd team All-Big East, finished the season with 11 TFL and 5.5 sacks
Khaseem Greene LB Rutgers Big East co-Defensive Player of the Year in 2011
Steve Greer LB Virginia 2nd team All-ACC, led the Wahoos with 103 tackles on the season
Ryan Griffin TE U Conn 1st team All-Big East last season
Jeremy Grove LB East Carolina CUSA Freshman Defensive Player of the Year, 122 tackles in 2011
Ben Habern C Oklahoma Injuries cost him half of season, arguably best C in Big 12 when healthy
Johnathan Hankins DT Ohio State Pre-season All-American/Big 10, voted most outstanding OSU DL in 2011
Braden Hansen G BYU

Four year anchor of the BYU OL, 39 career starts in three years
Eric Herman G Ohio 2nd team All-MAC in 2011, has started 38 times in three years
Jordan Hicks LB Texas Strong finish to 2011 season could catapult him to storied year in 2012
Jordan Hill DT Penn State Honorable mention All-Big 10, registered 8 tackles for a loss
Gerald Hodges LB Penn State Pre-season All-American candidate and best player at Linebacker U
Khaled Holmes C USC Three year starter at center, 2nd Team All-Pac 12 in 2011
Wes Horton DE USC 2nd team All-Pac 12 in 2011, 22 career starts
Margus Hunt DE SMU Honorable Mention CUSA selection, blocked 4 kicks
Alex Hurst OT LSU 1st team All-SEC selection in 2011, started all 14 games
James Hurst OT North Carolina 2nd team All-ACC in 2011, graded out at 88% during the season
Gabe Ikard G Oklahoma 1st team All-Big 12 in 2011, Pre-season All-American candidate
Gabe Jackson G Mississippi State 2nd team All-SEC, 26 career starts
Andrew Jackson LB Western Kentucky Sun Belt's returning leader with 17 tackles for a loss
Jackson Jeffcoat DE Texas Led the Big 12 in TFL (21), 2nd team All-Big 12
Brandon Jenkins DE Florida State

2nd team All-ACC, 2nd in the ACC with 8 sacks (most for returning player)
Jelani Jenkins LB Florida Talented player who should vie for All-SEC & All-American honors
John Jenkins NT Georgia Prototype 3-4 nose tackle who will push for All-SEC honors
Luke Joeckel OT Texas A&M One of the nation's top prospects at the toughest position in football
Nico Johnson LB Alabama Key cog on one of nation's best defensive units in 2011, 43 tackles
Travis Johnson DE San Jose State 1st team All-WAC, 9.5 sacks and 15.5 tackles for a loss
Barrett Jones C/G/T Alabama All-American, 1st team All-SEC and Outland Trophy winner in 2011
Chris Jones DL Bowling Green 1st team All-MAC in 2011, 3rd team All-MAC in 2010
Jarvis Jones OLB Georgia Consensus 1st team All-American, Butkus Award finalist
Dion Jordan DE Oregon 1st team All-Pac 12 performer, finished 4th in conference with 7.5 sacks
Joe Kellogg G Boise State 2nd team All-MWC, three year starter for the Broncos, 21 career starts
Zac Kerin C Toledo 2nd team All-MAC selection, started all 13 games as a sophomore
A.J. Klein LB Iowa State Big 12's leading returning tackler (116), 1st team All-Big 12 last season
Jake Knott LB Iowa State 4th in the Big 12 in tackles (115), 2X 2nd team All-Big 12 honoree
Tyler Larsen C Utah State 1st team All-WAC offensive lineman selection in 2011
DeDe Lattimore LB USF Led the Bulls with 94 tackles, tied for fifth in the conference
Corey Lemonier DE Auburn Explosive edge rusher that led Auburn with 9.5 sacks in 2011
Taylor Lewan OT Michigan 2nd team All-Big 10, 22 career starts at left tackle
Shaun Lewis LB Oklahoma State Honorable mention All-Big 12, 61 tackles, 9.5 TFL and two interceptions
Rob Lohr DE/DT Vanderbilt Had 11.5 tackles for a loss last year, most of any returning SEC player
Spencer Long G Nebraska Honorable mention All-Big 10 (coaches), started all 13 games at guard
Travis Long DE/OLB Washington State One of three Cougars to receive post-season All-Pac 12 honors (2nd team)
Star Lotulelei DT Utah Thought to be the best nose tackle in college football, 9 TFL in 2011
Philip Lutzenkirchen TE Auburn Has caught more TDs than any other tight end in Auburn history (14)
Khalil Mack LB Buffalo 1st team All-MAC selection, tied for the MAC lead with 20.5 TFL in 2011
Trent Mackey LB Tulane 2X 1st team All-CUSA selection, finished with 145 tackles in 2011
Joe Madsen C West Virginia Anchors the middle for WVU offense that averaged nearly 38 ppg in 2011
Stansly Maponga DE TCU 1st team All-MWC, finished the year with 13.5 tackles for a loss
Zack Martin OT Notre Dame Voted Notre Dame's outstanding offensive linemen the past two seasons
Jake Matthews OT Texas A&M Establishing his own identity, teams with Joeckel to form best T combo
Chris McDonald G Michigan State Honorable mention All-Big 10, has 26 career starts
Barkevious Mingo DE LSU One half of, arguably, the best DE duo in nation, 15 tackles for a loss
Sam Montgomery DE LSU FWAA 1st team All-American selection, Hendricks Award finalist
Sio Moore LB U Conn 2nd team All-Big East, Big East's returning leader in TFL (16)
James Morris LB Iowa Honorable mention All-Big 10, tied for team lead in tackles with 110
Morgan Moses OT Virginia Formidable OT duo in Charlottesville, first team All-ACC prospect in 2012
C.J. Mosley LB Alabama Will vie for All-SEC honors, 36 tackles and two sacks in 2011
Jeff Nady OT Nevada 2nd team All-WAC as a junior, one of top tackles on West Coast
Corey Nelson LB Oklahoma Honorable mention All-Big 12, finished with 59 tackles and 8.5 TFL
Roosevelt Nix DE Kent State 37 tackles for a loss in two years, 1st team All-MAC selection in 2011
Alex Okafor DE Texas Pre-season All-Big 12 and All-American candidate, 14 TFL in 2011
Kevin Pierre-Louis LB Boston College Registered 74 tackles and six tackles for a loss for the Eagles last year
Sean Porter LB Texas A&M Disruptive edge player who was fifth in the Big 12 in 2011 with 17 TFL
Sean Progar DE Northern Illinois 2X Rotary Lombardi Award Watch lister, 11 TFL in 2011
Justin Pugh OT Syracuse 1st team All-Big East in 2011, 2nd team All-Big East in 2010
Hayes Pullard LB USC Freshman All-American, tied for team lead in tackles with 81
David Quessenberry OT San Jose State 2nd team All-WAC, projects to one of the top 30 tackles in the nation
Kevin Reddick LB North Carolina Leading returning tackler for the Heels, registered 71 last season
Taylor Reed LB SMU Led team with 101 tackles, 2X RLA Watch List candidate
Cyril Richardson G Baylor Honorable mention All-Big 12, started all 13 games last season
Weston Richburg C Colorado State 2nd team All-MWC in 2011, 1st team Freshman All-American in 2010
Marcus Rush DE Michigan State Freshman All-American and Honorable mention All-Big 10
Kawann Short DT Purdue Bednarik Watch Lister, finished season with 17 tackles for a loss
John Simon DE Ohio State 1st team All-Big 10, 3rd team All-American last season
Shayne Skov LB Stanford Knee injury shortened his season, if healthy, he'll be 1st All-Pac 12
Adam Smith G Western Kentucky 1st team All-Sun Belt, allowed only 3 sacks during 2011 season
Keith Smith LB San Jose State 2nd team All-WAC as a sophomore, led Spartans with 104 tackles
Akeem Spence DT Illinois Nose tackle who is 2nd leading returning tackler for Illini defense
Baker Steinkuhler DT Nebraska Honorable mention All-Big 10, finished 2011 season with 5 TFL
Jake Stoneburner TE Ohio State Honorable mention All-Big 10, 7 of his 14 receptions were TDs
Bruce Taylor LB Virginia Tech Had stellar season in 2011 before injuring his foot and missing 4 games
Devin Taylor DE South Carolina Honorable mention All-SEC in 2011, 15.5 career sacks
Lane Taylor G Oklahoma State Honorable mention All-Big 12 in 2011, best returning Cowboy OL
Mike Taylor LB Wisconsin Led the Badgers with 150 tackles, 2nd team All-Big 10 (coaches) in 2011
Manti Te'o LB Notre Dame 2nd team All-American and preseason All-American candidate for 2012
Chase Thomas LB Stanford 2nd in sacks in the Pac-12 (8.5), 1st team All-Pac 12 in 2011
Levine Toilolo TE Stanford Next in line at Tight End U, honorable mention All-Pac 12 in 2011
Omoregie Uzzi G Georgia Tech One of the nation's best guards, strong candidate for All-American honors
Kyle Van Noy LB BYU Led the Cougars in sacks with 7 and tackles for a loss with 15
Joe Vellano DT Maryland 1st team All-ACC in 2011, 2nd team All-ACC in 2010
LaAdrian Waddle OT Texas Tech Tech coaches have raved about Waddle's potential, 2nd team All-Big 12
Ricky Wagner OT Wisconsin Pre-season All-Big 10 candidate, honorable mention All-Big 10 in 2011
Brian Wagner LB Arizona 2x 1st team All-MAC at Akron, graduate student eligible after transfer
Mason Walters G Texas 25 starts at guard in 1st two years, Honorable mention All-Big 12 last year
Larry Warford G Kentucky 2nd team All-SEC, allowed only one sack last season
Chance Warmack G Alabama Voted 2nd team All-SEC by the league's coaches in 2011
Stephen Warner C La. Tech 1st team All-WAC offensive lineman selection in 2011
Bjoern Werner DE Florida State Honorable mention All-ACC, 2nd on team with 11 TFL in 2011
Nikita Whitlock DT Wake Forest 2nd team All-ACC, 2nd leading returning ACC player with 14 TFL
Jesse Williams DE Alabama Australian native who has been a star for Crimson Tide, 4 tackles for a loss
Sylvester Williams DT North Carolina Former JUCO transfer who made impact in 1st year, 7 tackles for a loss
Trevardo Williams DE U Conn 1st team All-Big East honors in 2011
Luke Willson TE Rice Honorable mention ALL-CUSA,2xMackey Award Watch
Brian Winters OT Kent State 2nd team All-MAC selection, 36 career starts at tackle
Dwayne Woods LB Bowling Green 3rd leading returning tackler in the MAC (111), 1st team All-MAC
Carson York G Oregon Experienced starter for the Ducks coming off of a knee injury in bowl

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