December 11, 2013
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2013 ROTARY LOMBARDI AWARD FINALISTS ANNOUNCED

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 HOUSTON – December 11, 2013 – Aaron Donald, defensive tackle from the University of Pittsburgh, has been named the 2013 Rotary Lombardi Award winner. The Rotary Club of Houston made the announcement this evening at the Wortham Center in front of a crowd of over 1,100 audience members.

“It is truly a blessing and an honor to receive such a great award,” Donald said. “I am so blessed.”

In his senior season, Donald has also been named the ACC Defensive Player of the Year by the Atlantic Coast Conference Sports Media Association in addition to being named the Bronko Nagurski Trophy winner earlier this week. Donald leads the nation in tackles for loss (2.2 per game) and is currently second on the list of active career FBS sack leaders with 28.5. The All-American candidate ranks thirteenth in sacks (0.83 per game) and is tenth in forced fumbles (0.33). Donald has been named a Bednarik Award and Outland Trophy Semifinalist and Midseason All-American by CBSSports.com, ESPN.com, Phil Steele, and SI.com in addition to winning multiple national defensive player of the week honors.

For over forty years, the Rotary Lombardi Award has been presented annually to the nation’s best Division I college football lineman (offense or defense) who, in addition to outstanding performance and ability, best exemplifies the discipline of Vince Lombardi. Head coaches of NCAA FBS teams, all former winners and finalists of the Lombardi Award, and selected members of the national sports media make up the electorate that decides the award winner.

One of the few remaining stand-alone NCAA Football Bowl Subdivision collegiate awards, each year the four finalists of the Lombardi Award travel to Houston for the presentation. Earlier today, finalists made stops at Texas Children’s Hospital Cancer Center and MD Anderson Cancer Center to visit the Front Line Kids, children who are fighting cancer here in the Houston community. Since the award’s inception, millions has been raised to help fund cancer research, public education and direct services to cancer patients through the American Cancer Society.

“Aaron is a tremendous young man and a terrific athlete. He embodies everything the Rotary Lombardi Award is about,” Rotary Lombardi Award committee chair Brian Carr said. “ We are so proud to present Aaron as the latest winner and our newest member of the Lombardi Award family.”

The Rotary Lombardi Award is a member of the National College Football Awards Association (NCFAA). The NCFAA was founded in 1997 as a coalition of the major collegiate football awards to protect, preserve and enhance the integrity, influence and prestige of the game’s predominant awards. The NCFAA encourages professionalism and the highest standards for the administration of its member awards and the selection of their candidates and recipients. For more information, visit the association’s official website, ncfaa.org.

 

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November 21, 2013


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ROTARY LOMBARDI AWARD FINALISTS ANNOUNCED

 

HOUSTON – November 21, 2013 – The Rotary Club of Houston announced today the four finalists for the 2013 Rotary Lombardi Award, presented annually since 1970 to the nation’s top college football lineman. The award honors the memory of Vince Lombardi, legendary coach of the Green Bay Packers. In one of the tightest rounds of voting in Rotary Lombardi Award history the 44th Rotary Lombardi Award finalists are:

 

Anthony Barr Sr LB UCLA

 

Aaron Donald Sr DT Pittsburgh

 

CJ Mosley Sr LB Alabama

 

Michael Sam Sr DE Missouri

 

One of the few remaining stand-alone NCAA Football Bowl Subdivision collegiate awards, each year the four finalists of the Lombardi Award travel to Houston for the presentation. While in the community, finalists make a stop at the Texas Medical Center to visit the Front Line Kids, children who are fighting cancer in local Houston hospitals. Since the award’s inception, millions has been raised to help fund cancer research, public education and direct services to cancer patients.

 

For over forty years, the award has been presented annually to the nation’s best Division I college football lineman (offense or defense) who, in addition to outstanding performance and ability, best exemplifies the discipline of Vince Lombardi. Head coaches of NCAA FBS teams, all former winners and finalists of the Lombardi Award, and selected members of the national sports media make up the electorate that decides the award winner.

 

The 2013 honoree will be announced at the Rotary Lombardi Award Presentation on December 11 at the Wortham Center in downtown Houston, Texas. This year’s Rotary Lombardi Award ceremony will again be shown across the country via a live television broadcast on CBS Sports Network hosted by Spencer Tillman.

 

For tickets and sponsorship information, visit www.rotarylombardiaward.org.

 

The Rotary Lombardi Award is a member of the National College Football Awards Association (NCFAA). The NCFAA was founded in 1997 as a coalition of the major collegiate football awards to protect, preserve and enhance the integrity, influence and prestige of the game’s predominant awards. The NCFAA encourages professionalism and the highest standards for the administration of its member awards and the selection of their candidates and recipients. For more information, visit the association’s official website, ncfaa.org.

 

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November 7, 2013
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2013 Rotary Lombardi Award Semi-Finalists

 

HOUSTON – November 7, 2013 – Eight defensive and four offensive players comprise the list of 12 semifinalists for the 44th Rotary Lombardi Award to be held December 11, 2013, at the Wortham Center in Houston, Texas. The semifinalists were announced today at the Rotary Club of Houston.  

 

The SEC Conference leads the pack with four players, followed by the Pac 12 with three, the ACC two followed by the Big 10 and the Big 12 with one each and one Independent.

 

The 12 semifinalists are:

Anthony Barr  Sr   LB   UCLA
Vic Beasley  Jr   DE   Clemson
Jadeveon Clowney  Jr   DE   South Carolina
Aaron Donald  Sr   DT   Pittsburgh
Taylor Lewan  Sr   T   Michigan
Jake Matthews  Sr   T   Texas A&M
CJ Mosley  Sr   LB   Alabama
Trent Murphy  Sr   LB   Stanford
Cyril Richardson  Sr   G   Baylor
Michael Sam  Sr   DE   Missouri
Kyle Van Noy  Sr   LB   Brigham Young
David Yankey  Jr   T   Stanford

 

For tickets and sponsorship information, visit www.rotarylombardiaward.org

The Rotary Lombardi Award is a member of the National College Football Awards Association (NCFAA). The NCFAA was founded in 1997 as a coalition of the major collegiate football awards to protect, preserve and enhance the integrity, influence and prestige of the game’s predominant awards. The NCFAA encourages professionalism and the highest standards for the administration of its member awards and the selection of their candidates and recipients. For more information, visit the association’s official Web site, www.NCFAA.org

 

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July 15, 2013
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2013 Rotary Lombardi Award Watch List


Houston, Texas – (July 15, 2013) – The Rotary Lombardi Award Committee has released the preliminary watch list for the 2013 Rotary Lombardi Award.

Eligibility for the Rotary Lombardi Award is limited to down linemen, end-to-end, either on offense or defense, who set up no farther than 10 yards to the left or right of the ball, or linebackers who set up no farther than five yards deep from the line of scrimmage. The candidates earned a place on the preliminary watch list by earning All-American honors, being named to their respective all-conference teams or receiving 2013 pre-season honors. The Rotary Lombardi Award Watch List will be updated prior to the start of the 2013 season in order to identify other players who have received significant pre-season honors.

While the Watch List highlights those players who have already received national recognition, any Division 1 player who meets the requirements is eligible for consideration from the Rotary Lombardi Selection Committee. This committee is comprised of more than 500 members, including all past winners and finalists, all Division 1 head coaches and a panel of sportswriters and broadcasters.

The Rotary Lombardi Watch List, intended as a reference tool for the Selection Committee, will be periodically updated and revised through the conclusion of the voting to determine the 12 Semifinalists for 2013.

The 44th Rotary Lombardi Award will be held on December 11, 2013 at the Wortham Center in Houston, Texas. For more information on the schedule of events, please visit www.rotarylombardiaward.org.

The Rotary Lombardi Award is a member of the National College Football Awards Association (NCFAA), which encompasses the most prestigious awards in college football. The 21 awards boast 678 years of tradition-selection excellence. Visit www.NCFAA.org to learn more about our story.
 

First Name Last Name Position School Stats
Josh   Allen C Louisiana-Monroe 2012 2nd Team All Sun Belt
Jeremiah    Attaochu LB Georgia Tech 2012 3rd Team all ACC
Calvin   Barnett DT Oklahoma State 2012 All Big 12, 2012 Big 12 Defensive Newcomer of the Year
Anthony  Barr LB UCLA 2012 2nd Team All American
Chris Borland   LB Wisconsin 2012 All Big 10,104 Tackles
Morgan    Breslin DL USC 2012 2nd Team All Pac 12
Preston    Brown LB Louisville 2012 2nd Team All Big East Team
Vince Buhagiar LB  San Jose State 2012 All WAC, 3 Time Academic All WAC
Austen   Bujnoch G Cincinnati 2012 All Big East
Max Bullough   LB Michigan State 2012 All Big 10, 111 Tackles
Chris   Burnette G Georgia 2012 2nd Team All SEC, 2 Year SEC Academic Honor Roll
Ryan    Carrethers DT Arkansas State 2012 All Sun Belt
Le'Raven    Clark G Texas Tech 2012 Freshman All American
Jadeveon  Clowney DE South Carolina 2012 All American, 2012 Lombardi Award Finalist
La'El Collins   G LSU 2012 Honorable Mention All SEC
Scott   Crichton DE Oregon State  2012 All Pac 12
Tyeler   Davison NG Fresno State 2012 All Mountain Wes
Aaron Donald  DE Pittsburg h 2012 All Big East
Jake  Doughty LB Utah State 2012 All WAC, 3 Time Academic All WAC
Dominique    Easley DT Florida 2013 3rd Team Preseason All American
IK   Enemkpali DT Louisiana Tech 2012 All WAC
Kyler   Fackrell LB Utah State 2012 All WAC, 2012 Freshman All American
Jake    Fely LB San Diego State 2012 2nd Team All Mountain West
Devonte   Fields DE TCU 2012 All Big 12, 2012 Big 12 Freshman Defensive Player of the Year
BJ    Finney C Kansas State 2012 All Big 12, 2011 Freshman All American
Dominic   Flewellyn G Bowling Green 2012 3rd Team All MAC, Team Captain, 2012 Academic All MAC
Ben Gardner  DE Stanford 2012 2nd Team All Pac 12
Hroniss Grasu   C Oregon 2012 All Pac 12
Ryan    Groy OL Wisconsin 2012 2nd Team All Big 10
Ra'Shede  Hageman DT  Minnesota 2012 Honorable Mention All Big 10, 35 Tackles, 6 Sacks
Bryce Hager  LB Baylor 2012 2nd Team All Big 12
Ben Heeney   LB Kansas 2012 2nd Team All Big 12
Brock Hekking DE Nevada 2012 2nd Team All Mountain West
Anthony    Hitchens LB Iowa 2012 2nd Team All Big 10
Adrian Hubbard LB Alabama 2013 2nd Team Pre Season All American,
Chucky    Hunter DT TCU 2012 2nd Team All Big 12
James    Hurst T North Carolina 2012 All ACC, 2010 Freshman All American
Kerry  Hyder DE  Texas Tech 2012 All Big 12
Martin  Ifedi DE Memphis 2012 2nd Team All Conference USA
Gabe    Ikard C Oklahoma 2012 All Big 12, 2nd Team Academic All American
Andrew    Jackson LB Western Kentucky 2012 All Sun Belt
Gabe    Jackson G Mississippi State 2012 2nd Team All American, 2012 All SEC
Tre'    Jackson G Florida State 2012 2nd Team All ACC
Jackson   Jeffcoat DE Texas 2011 2nd Team All Big 12
Timmy    Jernigan DT Florida State 2012 2nd Team All ACC
AJ   Johnson LB Tennessee 2012 2nd Team All SEC, 2011 Freshman All American
Anthony  Johnson DT LSU 2011 Freshman All American
Kaleb Johnson Rutgers 2012 2nd Team All Big East, 2011 Freshman All American
Wesley   Johnson T Vanderbilt 2012 Honorable Mention ALL SEC
Tyler   Johnstone T Oregon 2012 Freshman All American
Christian  Jones LB Florida State 2012 2nd Team All ACC
Nicholas Kaspar G San Jose State 2012 All WAC
Zac Kerin Toledo 2012 All MAC
Cyrus Kouandijio Alabama 2013 Pre Season 2nd Team All American
Tyler    Larsen C Utah State 2012 All WAC, 2 Time All WAC, 2011 Academic All WAC
Demarcus Lawrence DE  Boise State 2012 All Mountain West
Eric   Lefeld T Cincinnati 2012 All Big East
Charles Leno Boise State 2012 2nd Team All Mountain West
Taylor Lewan T Michigan 2012 All American, 35 Starts
Spencer    Long G Nebraska 2012 2nd Team All American, Big Ten All Academic
Antwan Lowery   G Rutgers 2012 All Big East
Aaron   Lynch DE South  Florida 2011 Freshman All American
Khalil    Mack LB Buffalo 2012 All MAC
Gabe    Martin LB Bowling Green 2012 All MAC
Zack Martin Notre Dame 2012 2nd Team All American, 2012 All Independent
Jake   Matthews T Texas A&M 2012 3rd Team All American, 2012 All SEC
Morgan Moses  T Virginia 2012 Honorable Mention All ACC
CJ    Mosley LB Alabama 2012 All American
Trent    Murphy LB Stanford 2012 3rd Team All American, 2012 All Pac 12
Jonathan    Newsome LB Ball State 2012 2nd Team All MAC
Louis   Nix DT Notre Dame 2012 All Independent
Roosevelt   Nix DE Kent State 2012 All MAC
Denzel   Nkemdiche  LB Mississippi 2012 2nd Team All SEC, 2011 Freshman All American
Andrew    Norwell G Ohio State 2012 All Big 10
Cedric Ogbuehi Texas A&M 2013 3rd Team Pre Season All American
Zack    Orr LB North Texas 2012 2nd Team All Sun Belt
Alex Page   DE South Alabama 2012 2nd Team All Sun Belt
Hayes    Pullard LB USC 2012 Hon Mention All Pac 12, 2011 Freshman All American
Travis   Raciti DT San Jose State 2012 All WAC, 52 Tackles
Antonio    Richardson T Tennessee 2012 2nd Team All SEC
Cyril    Richardson G Baylor 2012 2nd Team All American, 2012 Big 12 Lineman of the Year,
Weston    Richburg C Colorado State 2010, 2012 Honorable Mention All Mountain West
Jake   Ryan  LB Michigan 2012 2nd Team All Big 10
Eric Schultz  G Utah State 2012 All WAC, 3 Time Academic All WAC
Tyler Scott DE  Northwestern 2012 Honorable Mention All Big 10, Academic All Big 10
Issac    Seumalo C Oregon State 2012 Freshman All American, 2012 Honorable Mention All Pac 12
Ryan    Shazier LB Ohio State 2012 2nd Team All Big 10
Prince   Shembo LB Notre Dame 2012 Honorable Mention All Independent
Shayne    Skov LB Stanford 2010, 2012 Hon Mention All Pac 12
Jeremiah    Sirles T Nebraska 2012 2nd Team All Big 10, 2010 2nd Team Freshman All American
Yawin Smallwood  LB  Connecticut 2012 All Big East
Chris    Smith DE Arkansas 2012 Honorable Mention All SEC
Keith   Smith LB  San Jose State 2012 All WAC
Anthony  Steen G Alabama 2013 3rd Team Pre Season All American
Xavier    Su'a-Filo G UCLA 2012 3rd Team All American, 2012 All Pac 12
Will Sutton DT Arizona State 2012 All American
Travis  Swanson Arkansas 2012 Second Team All SEC
Brandon   Thomas T Clemson 2012 2nd Team All ACC
Stephon   Tuitt DE Notre Dame 2012 2nd Team All American, 2012 All Independent
Jack  Tyler LB Virginia Tech 2012 All ACC
John Urschel  G Penn State 2012 All Big 10, 2012 Academic All American
Kyle   Van Noy LB BYU 2012 3rd Team All American, 2012 All Independent
Brandon  Vitabile C Northwestern 2 Time Academic All Big 10
Mason    Walters G Texas 2012 Honorable Mention All Big 12, 2011 2nd Team All Big 12
Austin Wentworth Fresno State 2012 All Mountain West
David    Yankey T Stanford 2012 All American, 2012 All Pac 12