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Lombardi Award semifinalists announced

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We’re a month away from conference championships and the end of college football’s regular season, which means we’re also a month away from the beginning of awards season. With Manti Te’o not around to win just about every defensive award, perhaps there will be some variety in these honors next month.

The Lombard Award — given to the nation’s best offensive lineman, defensive lineman or linebacker — announced its semifinalists on Thursday. These 12 players are up for the honor:

Anthony Barr (LB, UCLA)Vic Beasley (DE, Clemson)
Jadeveon Clowney (DE, South Carolina)
Aaron Donald (DT, Pitt)
Taylor Lewan (OT, Michigan)
Jake Matthews (OT, Texas A&M)
C.J. Mosley (LB, Alabama)
Trent Murphy (LB, Stanford)
Cyril Richardson (G, Baylor)
Michael Sam (DE, Mizzou)
Kyle Van Noy (LB, BYU)
David Yankey (OT, Stanford)

It’s worth noting an offensive lineman hasn’t won the honor since Orlando Pace won the second of his back-to-back Lombardi Awards in 1996.

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7 Responses to “Lombardi Award semifinalists announced”
  1. jessejames182 says: Nov 7, 2013 1:42 PM

    T’eo’s awards were a bunch of second place ribbons given to him because he was going to lose the Heisman and his “girlfriend” died.

  2. ceraser45 says: Nov 7, 2013 3:50 PM

    Always somebody to derail another person. He won the award based on his play on the field….Get a life

  3. britkei says: Nov 7, 2013 4:29 PM

    Khalil Mack from UB should be on this list.

  4. juananatoo says: Nov 7, 2013 6:24 PM

    If you’re not familiar with Van Noy yet, you will be when he’s playing on Sundays next year. Great LB who’s fun to watch!

  5. jdhein22 says: Nov 8, 2013 4:01 AM

    Disappointing that there is no Chris Borland, from Wisconsin.

  6. greggatx says: Nov 9, 2013 2:27 PM

    Some one to be considered is DE Cedric Reed from Texas. He has 54 tackles, 11 for losses, 5 sacks, 11 QB pressures, 3 forced fumbles and 4 pass breakups. He is one of three defensive players with at least 5 sacks, 4 pass breakups and 3 forced fumbles. He is one of four defensive lineman in the nation to lead their team in sacks. Don’t be a hater because he is from Texas. Look at the numbers he has put up.

  7. greggatx says: Nov 12, 2013 12:08 AM

    After Saturday’s game against WV, Texas DE Cedric Reed had 7 more tackles, 2 for losses, 1 forced fumble, 2 fumble recoveries, 2 sacks and a QB hurry. Another amazing game.

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