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2015 Rotary Lombardi Award Watch List

July 14, 2015


Contact: Sarah Blanton, Harris County – Houston Sports Authority or 713-308-5916







Houston, Texas – (July 14, 2015)– The Rotary Lombardi Award Committee has released the Watch List for the 2015 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 2015 pre-season honors.

The Rotary Lombardi Award Watch List will be updated prior to the start of the 2015 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 containing 144 delegates, 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 semi-finalists for 2015.


The 2015 Watch List includes Scooby Wright III, the 2014 Rotary Lombardi Award winner. Also listed is Joey Bosa, 2014 Rotary Lombardi Award Finalist, and Semi- Finalists Shilique Calhoun and Robert Nkemdiche. The 2015 Watch List also includes Toby Weathersby, the winner of the inaugural Greater Houston High School Award and Kingsley Keke, a 2014 Finalist for the High School Award.


The 46th Rotary Lombardi Award will be held on December 9, 2015 at the Bayou Music Center in Houston, Texas. Proceeds from the Rotary Lombardi Awards stay in the Houston community and benefit the American Cancer Society, The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Centers / Children’s Cancer Hospital, and Texas Children’s Cancer Center. For more information on the schedule of events, please visit





The Rotary Lombardi Award

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 700 years of tradition-selection excellence. Visit

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First Name             Last Name             Position  Class       School                                                                                                                                    

Jatavis                     Brown                     LB           SR           Akron                                                                                                                                     

Reggie                     Ragland                   LB           SR           Alabama                                                                                                                                                 

Ryan                        Kelly                        C             SR           Alabama                                                                                                                                                 

A'Shawn                 Robinson                 DT           JR            Alabama                                                                                                                                                 

Ronald                     Blair                        De           SR           Appalachian State                                                                                                                                   

Scooby                    Wright III                LB           JR            Arizona                                                                                                                                  

Chris                       Stone                       DE           SR           Arkansas State                                                                                                                                       

Matt                         Hugenberg              OL           SR           Army                                                                                                                                      

Jeremy                     Timpf                      LB           JR            Army                                                                                                                                      

Avery                      Young                     OT           JR            Auburn                                                                                                                                                   

Cassanova               McKinzy                 LB           SR           Auburn                                                                                                                                                   

Andrew                   Billings                    DT           JR            Baylor                                                                                                                                    

Spencer                   Drango                    OT           SR           Baylor                                                                                                                                                    

Shawn                     Oakman                   DE           SR           Baylor                                                                                                                                                    

Kyle                         Fuller                       C             JR            Baylor                                                                                                                                                    

Kamalei                   Correa                     DE           JR            Boise State                                                                                                                                             

Marcus                    Henry                      OG          SR           Boise State                                                                                                                                             

Rees                        Odhiambo               OT           SR           Boise State                                                                                                                                             

Tanner                     Vallejo                     LB           JR            Boise State                                                                                                                                             

Alex                        Huettel                     C             SR           Bowling Green                                                                                                                                       

Tejan                       Koroma                   OL           SO           BYU                                                                                                                                      

Bronson                  Kaufusi                    DE           SR           BYU                                                                                                                                      

Manoa                     Pikula                      LB           SR           BYU                                                                                                                                      

Joe                           Ostman                    DE           JR            Central Michigan                                                                                                                                    

Ramadan                 Ahmeti                    OL           SR           Central Michigan                                                                                                                                    

Blake                       Serpa                       DL           SR           Central Michigan


Parker                      Ehinger                    OG          SR           Cincinnati                                                                                                                                               

Silverberry              Mouhon                  DE           SR           Cincinnati                                                                                                                                               

Graham                   Stewart                    LB           SR           Connecticut                                                                                                                                            

Matt                         Skura                       C             SR           Duke                                                                                                                                                      

Zeek                        Bigger                     LB           SR           East Carolina                                                                                                                                          

J.T.                          Boyd                       OG          JR            East Carolina                                                                                                                                          

Ike                           Harris                      OT           SR           East Carolina                                                                                                                                          

Montese                  Overton                   LB           SR           East Carolina                                                                                                                                          

Pat                           O'Connor                DE           SR           Eastern Michigan                                                                                                                                   

Great                       Ibe                           LB           SR           Eastern Michigan                                                                                                                                   

Antonio                   Morrison                 LB           SR           Florida                                                                                                                                                    

Trevon                     Coley                       DT           SR           Florida Atlantic                                                                                                                                      

Michael                   Wakefield                DE           SR           Florida International                                                                                                                                               

Denzell                    Perine                      DE           SR           Florida International                                                                                                                                               

Reggie                     Northrup                 LB           SR           Florida State                                                                                                                                           

Terrence                  Smith                       LB           SR           Florida State                                                                                                                                           

Greg                        Pyke                        OG          JR            Georgia                                                                                                                                                  

Jordan                     Jenkins                    LB           SR           Georgia                                                                                                                                                  

Leonard                   Floyd                       LB           JR            Georgia                                                                                                                                                  

Joseph                     Peterson                  LB           SR           Georgia State                                                                                                                                          

Adam                      Gotsis                      DT           SR           Georgia Tech                                                                                                                                          

Ben                          Clarke                      OL           SR           Hawaii                                                                                                                                                    

Marc                        Millan                      LB           SR           Idaho                                                                                                                                      

Mason                     Monheim                 LB           SR           Illinois                                                                                                                                                    

Dan                         Feeney                     OG          JR            Indiana                                                                                                                                                   

Mykheal                  Quave                      OT           SR           Louisiana –Lafayette                                                                                                                              

Dominique              Tovell                      LB           SR           Louisiana -- Lafayette


Gerrand                   Johnson                   DT           Grad        Louisiana -- Monroe                                                                                                                                              

Hunter                     Kissinger                LB           Grad        Louisiana - Monroe                                                                                                                                

Vernon                    Butler                      DT           SR           Louisiana Tech                                                                                                                                       

Sheldon                   Rankins                   DE           JR            Louisville                                                                                                                                                               

James                      Burgess                   LB           SR           Louisville                                                                                                                                                                                                               

Vadal                       Alexander                OG          SR           LSU                                                                                                                                                       

Toby                        Weathersby             OT           FR           LSU                                                                                                                                                       

Clint                        Van Horn                                OT           SR           Marshall                                                                                                                                                 

DJ                           Hunter                     LB           SR           Marshall                                                                                                                                                 

Jovan                       Santos-Knox           LB           JR            Massachusetts                                                                                                                                        

Jack                         Allen                       C             SR           Michigan State                                                                                                                                       

Shilique                   Calhoun                   DE           SR           Michigan State                                                                                                                                       

Jack                         Conklin                   OT           JR            Michigan State                                                                                                                                       

T.T.                         Barber                     LB           SR           Middle Tennessee                                                                                                                                  

Darius                     Johnson                   OG          SR           Middle Tennessee                                                                                                                                  

Ian                           Seau                        DE           SR           Nevada                                                                                                                                                   

Isaiah                       Folasa-Lutui            OG          SR           New Mexico State                                                                                                                                  

Landon                    Turner                     OG          SR           North Carolina                                                                                                                                       

Caleb                       Peterson                  OG          JR            North Carolina                                                                                                                                       

Kaydon                    Kirby                       C             JR            North Texas                                                                                                                                           

Andrew                   Ness                        C             SR           Northern Illinois                                                                                                                                     

Boomer                   Mays                       LB           SR           Northern Illinois                                                                                                                                     

Steve                       Elmer                       OG          JR            Notre Dame                                                                                                                                            

Nick                        Martin                     C             Grad        Notre Dame                                                                                                                                            

Ronnie                     Stanley                    OT           SR           Notre Dame                                                                                                                                            

Jaylon                      Smith                       LB           JR            Notre Dame                                                                                                                                            

Sheldon                   Day                         DT           SR           Notre Dame                                                                                                                                            

Jarron                      Jones                       DT           SR           Notre Dame                                                                                                                                            

Joe                          Schmidt                   LB           Grad        Notre Dame                                                                                                                                            

Joey                         Bosa                        DE           JR            Ohio State                                                                                                                                              

Taylor                      Decker                     OT           SR           Ohio State                                                                                                                                              

Pat                           Elflein                      OG          JR            Ohio State                                                                                                                                              

Adolphus                Washington             DT           SR           Ohio State                                                                                                                              

Darron                     Lee                          LB           SO           Ohio State                                                                                                                                              

Dominique              Alexander                LB           JR            Oklahoma                                                                                                                               

Eric                          Striker                     LB           SR           Oklahoma                                                                                                                                               

Emmanuel               Ogbah                     DE           JR            Oklahoma State                                                                                                                                      

Ryan                        Simmons                 LB           SR           Oklahoma State                                                                                                                      

Robert                     Nkemdiche              DT           JR            Ole Miss                                                                                                                                                

Laremy                    Tunsil                      OT           JR            Ole Miss                                                                                                                                                

DeForest                 Buckner                   DE           SR           Oregon                                                                                                                                                   

Tyler                        Johnstone                OT           SR           Oregon                                                                                                                                                   

Isaac                        Seumalo                  C             JR            Oregon State                                                                                                                                          

Anthony                  Zettel                       DT           SR           Penn State                                                                                                                              

Adam                      Bisnpwaty               OL           JR            Pittsburgh                                                                                                                                               

Alex                        Lyons                      LB           JR            Rice                                                                                                                                                        

Andrew                   Reue                        OL           SR           Rice                                                                                                                                                        

Steve                       Longa                      LB           JR            Rutgers                                                                                                                                                   

Alex                        Barrett                     DL           JR            San Diego State                                                                                                                                      

Darrell                     Greene                     OL           SR           San Diego State                                                                                                                                      

Pearce                      Slater                       OL           SR           San Diego State                                                                                                                                      

Christian                  Tago                        LB           JR            San Jose State                                                                                                                        

Taylor                      Lasecki                    C             SR           SMU                                                                                                                                      

Joseph                     Scelfo                      C             JR            South Alabama                                                                                                                                       

Joshua                     Garnett                    OG          SR           Stanford                                                                                                                                                 

Blake                       Martinez                  LB           SR           Stanford                                                                                                                                 

Davion                    Pierson                    DT           SR           TCU                                                                                                                                       

Praise                      Martin-Oguike        DL           JR            Temple                                                                                                                                                   

Tyler                        Matakevich              LB           SR           Temple                                                                                                                                                   

Sedrick                    Flowers                   OG          SR           Texas                                                                                                                                                      

Myles                      Garrett                     DE           SO           Texas A&M                                                                                                                                           

Kingsley                  Keke                        DT           FR           Texas A&M                                                                                                                           

Adrian                     Bellard                     OT           SR           Texas State                                                                                                                             

Le'Raven                 Clark                       OT           SR           Texas Tech                                                                                                                             

Alfredo                    Morales                   OL           SR           Texas Tech                                                                                                                             

Trent                        Voss                        DE           SR           Toledo                                                                                                                                                    

Dalton                     Bennett                    OG          SR           Troy                                                                                                                                                       

Tyler                        Roberts                    DE           JR            Troy                                                                                                                                       

Chris                       Taylor                      OG          JR            Tulane                                                                                                                                                    

Royce                      LaFrance                 DE           SR           Tulane                                                                                                                                                    

Garrett                     Stafford                   OT           JR            Tulsa                                                                                                                                      

Thomas                   Niles                        DE           SR           UCF                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                       

Kenny                      Clark                       DT           JR            UCLA                                                                                                                                                    

Myles                      Jack                         LB           JR            UCLA                                                                                                                                                    

Caleb                       Benenoch                OL           JR            UCLA


Eddie                       Vanderdoes             DL           JR            UCLA  


Max                         Tuerk                       C             SR           USC                                                                                                                                                       

Hunter                     Dimick                    DE           JR            Utah                                                                                                                                                       

Nick                        Vigil                        LB           JR            Utah State                                                                                                                                               

Kyler                       Fackrell                   LB           SR           Utah State                                               

Ken                          Ekanem                   DE           JR            Virginia Tech                                                                                                                                         

Dadi                        Lhomme-Nicolas     DE           SR           Virginia Tech                                                                                                                                         

Tylor                       Harris                      DT           SR           Wake Forest                                                                                                                                           

Brandon                  Chubb                     LB           SR           Wake Forest                                                                                                                                           

Nick                        Kwiatkoski              LB           SR           West Virginia                                                                                                                                         

Forrest                     Lamp                       OL           KR           Western Kentucky                                                                                                                  

Nick                        Holt                         LB           SR           Western Kentucky                                                                                                                  

James                      Kristof                     OL           SR           Western Michigan                                                                                                                                  

Willie                       Beavers                   OL           SR           Western Michigan                                                                                                                                  

Vince                       Biegel                      LB           JR            Wisconsin                                                                                                                                              

Eddie                       Yarbrough               DE           SR           Wyoming                               



Thank you and Congratulations to all the schools and athletes!