OKLAHOMA CITY – Oklahoma's Stephen Good, Ben Habern and Travis Lewis, along with Oklahoma State's Levy Adcock and Shaun Lewis have all been named to the preseason watch list for the 2011 Rotary Lombardi Award.
The award, in its 42nd year, is given annually to the nation's college lineman of the year.
Last year for the Sooners, Good recorded 81 tackles in 500 snaps at the guard position. Habern started all 14 games at center and earned All-Big 12 honorable mention status. Linebacker Travis Lewis has been Oklahoma's leading tackler in each of his first three seasons. He enters the 2011 season with 362 career tackles, just 82 shy of Oklahoma's career top 10 list.
For the Cowboys, Adcock was a first team All-Big 12 selection. The senior from Claremore, Okla. started every game at right tackle and did not allow a sack the entire season.
Shaun Lewis, a sophomore linebacker from Missouri City, Texas, was named a first-team freshman All-American and the Big 12 co-defensive freshman of the year. He started the final six games of his freshman season last year and finished fifth in tackles with 58, second with eight tackles for loss, second with three interceptions, tied for the team lead with two fumble recoveries and led the team with three forced fumbles.
Eligibility for the Rotary Lombardi Award is limited to down linemen, end-to-end, either on offense of defense, who set up no farther than 10 yards to the left or right of the ball, and linebackers who set up no farther than five yards deep from the line of scrimmage.
The 42nd Rotary Lombardi Award will be held on December 6-7, 2011 at Reliant Center in Houston, Texas.
2011 Rotary Lombardi Award Watch List Candidates: Player Position School Player Highlights
Mike Adams OT Ohio St. 1st Team All-Big 10, started all 13 games in 2010Levy Adcock OT Oklahoma St. 1st Team All-Big 12, 13 starts at tackle in 2010Jeff Allen OT Illinois 2nd Team All-Big 10, 34 consecutive startsAlvin Bailey G Arkansas All-SEC freshman team in 2010, started 13 gamesDon Barclay OT W. Virginia 2nd Team All-Big East honors in 2010Kelvin Beachum OT SMU 1st Team All-CUSA, started all 39 games in his careerJake Bequette DE Arkansas 2nd Team All-SEC, led team with seven sacks in 2010Nigel Bradham LB Florida St. Led the Seminoles in tackles for the past two seasonsMike Brewster C Ohio St. 1st Team All-Big 10, 3 year starter for the BuckeyesTanner Brock LB TCU 1st Team All-MWC, led team in tackles with 106Jaymes Brooks G Va. Tech 2nd Team All-ACC honors in 2010Austin Brown DT Miami 2nd Team All-MAC, 27 solos, 10 tackles for loss (TFLs)Vince Browne DE Northwestern 2nd Team All-Big 10, led team with 7 sacks in 2010Vontaze Burfict LB Arizona St. 2nd Team All-Pac 10, led ASU with 90 tacklesBen Burkett C Northwestern Rimington Award watch list for 3rd straight yearMiles Burris LB San Diego St. 1st Team All-MWC, led team with 80 tackles, 9.5 sacksThomas Byrd C Boise St. 1st Team All-WAC, started 27 games in '09 and ‘10Tank Carder LB TCU 1st Team All-MWC, 2011 Rose Bowl Defensive MVPAudie Cole LB NC St. Led team in tackles in '09, 3rd on team with 86 in '10Jonathan Cooper G N. Carolina 2nd Team All-ACC, 22 consecutive startsQuinton Coples DT N. Carolina 1st Team All-ACC, 3rd in the ACC with 10 sacksJared Crick DT Nebraska 1st Team All-Big 12, RLA semi-finalist & 2nd team A-AVinny Curry DE Marshall 1st Team All-CUSA, 5th in the nation with 12 sacksAndrew Datko OT Florida St. Four year starter, only missed three starts in careerLavonte David LB Nebraska 2nd Team AP A-A, 1st Team All-Big 12Ja'Gared Davis LB SMU 1st Team All-CUSA, led team with 8 sacks and 15 TFLsDemario Davis LB Arkansas St. 1st Team All-Sun Belt, 63 tackles, 3.5 TFLsDavid DeCastro G Stanford 1st Team All-Pac 10, anchors OL that gave up 13 sacksBlake DeChristopher OT Va. Tech 2nd Team All-ACC, has made 37 career startsJoe Duhon G So. Miss. Honorable Men. All-CUSA, started 9 games in 2010Lonnie Edwards G Texas Tech 1st Team All-Big 12, played in 13 games in 2010Joe Flading OT Ohio 1st Team All-MAC, led team with 62 pancake blocksJoel Foreman G Michigan St. Honorable Men. All-Big 10, 36 career starts at guardMarcus Forston DT Miami Rebounded from injury in 2009 with 12 TFLsJerry Franklin LB Arkansas 2nd Team All-SEC, led the team with 95 tackles in 2010Dalton Freeman C Clemson 22 consecutive starts at center, allowed only 2 sacksCordy Glenn G/T Georgia Started 36 games at guard over the last 3 yearsStephen Good G Oklahoma Recorded 81 knockdowns on 500 snaps last yearBen Habern C Oklahoma Honorable Men. All-Big 12, 14 starts at centerLogan Harrell DT Fresno St. 1st Team All-WAC, led team with 10.5 sacks (14 TFLs)Dont'a Hightower LB Alabama 2nd Team All-SEC in 2010, 69 tacklesAlex Hoffman G Cincinnati 2nd Team All-Big East, started all 13 gamesJaye Howard DT Florida Played in 31 games, 66 career tackles and 15.5 TFLsBruce Irvin DE W. Virginia 2nd Team All-Big East, 2nd in nation with 14 sacksMalik Jackson DE/DT Tennessee 2nd Team All-SEC, led Vols with 11 TFLs and 5 sacksBrandon Jenkins DE Florida St. 1st Team All-ACC, led the ACC with 13.5 sacksTony Jerod-Eddie DL Texas A&M Played in all games since arrival in AggielandLuke Joeckel OT Texas A&M Freshman A-A, started all 13 gamesCam Johnson DT Virginia 3rd Team All-ACC, 53 tackles, 14.5 TFLs, 6.5 sacksChandler Jones DE Syracuse 2nd Team All-Big East, four sacks and 9.5 TFLsBarrett Jones G Alabama 2nd Team All-SEC, 24 career starts at guardBen Jones C Georgia 4th Team All-SEC, started 12 games in 2010Matt Kalil OT USC 13 career starts at left tackle for USCMychal Kendricks LB Cal. 2nd Team All-PAC 10, 8.5 sacks, 15 TFLs, 3 fumblesJake Knott LB Iowa St. 2nd Team All-Big 12, 2nd in the Big 12 with 130 tacklesPeter Konz C Wisconsin Honorable Men. All-Big 10, started 11 gamesLuke Kuechly LB Boston College 1st Team A-A and All-ACC, led nation in tacklesShaun Lewis LB Oklahoma St. Big 12 co-Freshman Defensive Player of the YearTravis Lewis LB Oklahoma 2nd Team All-Big 12, led the Sooners with 109 tacklesBrandon Lindsey DE Pittsburgh 2nd Team All-Big East, led Panthers with 10 sacksTrent Mackey LB Tulane 2nd Team All-CUSA, led Green Wave with 124 tacklesBrad Madison DL Missouri 2nd Team All-Big 12, 11 TFLs, 7.5 sacksJonathan Martin OT Stanford 1st Team All-Pac 10, has 24 career starts for the CardinalMike Martin DT Michigan 2nd team All-Big 10, six TFLs in 2010Chris Marve LB Vanderbilt 2nd Team All-SEC, led team with eight TFLsJonathan Massaquoi DE Troy 1st Team All-Sun Belt, 4th in the nation with 13.5 sacksMatt McCants OT UAB 1st Team All-CUSA, 31 career startsShea McClellin DE Boise St. 1st Team All-WAC, led Broncos with 9.5 sacksMarcus McGraw LB Houston 2nd Team All-CUSA, 156 tackles, 75 solo tacklesCameron Meredith DE Nebraska 2nd Team All-Big 12 in 2010, 64 tacklesCarmen Messina LB New Mexico 2nd Team All-MWC, 1st in the MWC with 115 tacklesRyan Miller G Colorado Honorable Men. All-Big 12, 35 career starts in Big 12Julian Miller DT W. Virginia Tied for team lead with 14 TFLsDavid Molk C Michigan 1st Team All-Big 10, started 13 games after 2009 injuryRoosevelt Nix DE Kent St. 1st Team All-MAC, 20 TFLs and nine sacksTrevor Olson OT N. Illinois 1st Team All-MAC, NIU's Offensive lineman of the YearKelechi Osemele OT Iowa St. Honorable Men. All-Big 12 ('10), 2nd Team Big 12 ('09)Donte Paige-Moss DE N. Carolina 2nd on the team with 7 sacks and 13.5 TFLsCorey Paredes LB Hawaii 1st Team All-WAC, 14th in the nation with 151 tacklesNick Perry DE USC 12 career sacks in 10 starts, 7.5 TFLs, 25 tacklesMoe Petrus C U Conn 2nd Team All-Big East, 39 career startsNate Potter OT Boise St. 3rd Team AP A-A, 1st team All-WAC (2nd straight year)Tydreke Powell DT N. Carolina Captain as a junior, finished the season with 47 tacklesSean Progar DE N. Illinois 1st Team All-MAC, 10 TFLs and four sacksKheeson Randall DL Texas Honorable Men. All-Big 12, 22 starts, 16 TFLsTaylor Reed LB SMU Led SMU with 145 tackles, finished 16th in the nationRiley Reiff OT Iowa 2nd Team All-Big 10 honors, 21 consecutive startsKendall Reyes DE U Conn 1st Team All-Big East, 10 TFLsMatt Reynolds OT BYU 2x 1st Team All-MWC selection, 39 career startsTravian Robertson DT S. Carolina 14 starts, finished the season with 10 TFLsKeenan Robinson LB Texas Honorable Men. All-Big 12, led in tackles with 106Adrian Robinson DE Temple 1st Team All-MAC, 3.5 sacks for the Owls in 2010Mike Ryan OT U Conn 1st Team All-Big East, 12 starts at right & left tackleQuentin Saulsberry G/C Miss. St. 37 career starts at tackle, center and guardJK Schaffer LB Cincinnati 2nd Team All-Big East, two straight 100+ tackle seasonsMitchell Schwartz OT Cal 2nd Team All-Pac 10, fixture for Cal's OL, 38 startsMychall Sisson LB Colorado St. 2nd Team All-MWC in 2010, 38.5 career TFLsShayne Skov LB Stanford Honorable Men. All-Pac 10, led team with 84 stopsJacquies Smith DE Missouri 2nd Team All-Big 12, 5.5 sacks in 2010Bradley Sowell OT Ole Miss 2nd Team All-SEC, started 24 of last 25 gamesSean Spence LB Miami 2nd Team All-ACC, 111 tackles in 2010Andrew Sweat LB Ohio St. 41 tackles in 2010, 1 interceptionAlameda Ta'amu DT Washington Honorable Men. All-Pac 10, five TFLs in 2010Bruce Taylor LB Virginia Tech 2nd Team All-ACC, 15.5 TFLs, 91 total stopsDevin Taylor DE South Carolina 1st Team All-SEC, led the Gamecocks with 13 TFLsManti Te'o LB Notre Dame 21 tackles against Stanford, 133 tackles in 2010Taylor Thompson DE SMU 1st Team All-CUSA, 2nd on team with 5.5 sacksChris Thompson C Houston 1st Team All-CUSA, 37 starts at G and T, moved to CDanny Trevathan LB Kentucky 1st Team All-SEC, led the SEC with 144 tacklesJabaree Tuani DE Navy Led the Midshipmen with 15.5 TFLs in 2010Courtney Upshaw DE/LB Alabama Led the Crimson Tide with 7 sacks and 14.5 TFLsJoe Vellano DT Maryland 2nd Team All-ACC, 10.5 TFLsWilliam Vlachos C Alabama 2nd Team All-SEC, started 27 straight games at centerBobby Wagner LB Utah St. 1st Team All-WAC, 7th in nation with 133 tacklesChaz Walker LB Utah 2nd Team All-MWC, 74 tackles in 2010Larry Warford G Kentucky 2nd Team All-SEC, started all 13 games at right guardBrandon Washington G Miami 1st Team All-ACC, leader of experienced line in MiamiScott Wedige C N. Illinois 1st Team All-MAC, started all 13 games in 2010Sean Westgate LB UCLA Honorable Men. All-PAC 10, 90 tackles, 11 TFLsGarrick Williams LB Texas A&M Honorable Men. All-Big 12, 112 tackles in 2010Korey Williams LB So. Miss Led So. Miss in tackles with 92 and TFLs with 14.5Billy Winn DT Boise St. 2x 2nd Team All-WAC, 9.5 TFLs in 2010Jerel Worthy DT Michigan St. 26 career games, 77 tackles, 17 TFLs, 8.5 sacksCarson York G Oregon Honorable Men. All-Pac 10, started all 13 games at GKevin Zeitler G Wisconsin Honorable Men. All-Big 10, played in all 13 games