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Baker Mayfield, Lamar Jackson, Bryce Love among Lombardi Award candidates

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The college football season may be in the books for the 2017 season, bu there is still a piece of hardware to present to one of the sport’s top players from the most recent season. On Monday, the Lombardi Foundation unveiled a list of 21 players named as a candidate for the Lombardi Award for the 2017 season. This year, the award is open to players of any position based on performance, leadership, character and resiliency and the list of candidates includes a number of names you should be familiar with.

2017 Heisman Trophy winner Baker Mayfield, 2016 Heisman Trophy winner Lamar Jackson, Bryce Love, Saquon Barkley, Roquan Smith, and J.T. Barrett are all among the players nominated for the award. The list of 21 candidates will be whittled down to seven finalists by a select panel of award voters this week, and four of those finalists will be invited to the Lombardi Honors presentation for the awarding of the Lombardi Award. The seven initial finalists will be announced this coming Monday, January 22.

Saquon Barkley, Penn State (RB)
J.T. Barrett, Ohio State (QB)
Bradley Chubb, N.C. State (DE)
Tyrell Crosby, Oregon (OT)
DeShon Elliott, Texas (S)
Minkah Fitzpatrick, Alabama (S)
Shaquem Griffin, UCF (LB)
Lamar Jackson, Louisville (QB)
Derwin James, Florida State (S)
Joel Lanning, Iowa State (LB/QB)
Bryce Love, Stanford (RB)
Hercules Mata’afa, Washington State (DE)
Baker Mayfield, Oklahoma (QB)
Quenton Nelson, Notre Dame (G)
Ed Oliver, Houston (DT)
Da’Ron Payne, Alabama (DT)
Rashaad Penny, San Diego State (RB)
Roquan Smith, Georgia (LB)
Vita Vea, Washington (DT)
James Washington, Oklahoma State (WR)
Christian Wilkins, Clemson (DT)

Alabama’s Jonathan Allen won the award for the 2016 season.

Oregon gets offensive line upgrade today vs. UCLA

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Oregon’s offensive line woes have been put on display for the college football world to see in recent weeks, but help could be on the way today. Oregon is expected to have senior left tackle Jake Fisher back on the line when the Ducks take on UCLA in the Rose Bowl later today. Team sources have indicated to CSN Northwest Fisher is expected to start for the Ducks.

Fisher was forced to miss the past two weeks, which has seen the offensive line play some of its worst football. An injured knee kept Fisher out of the mix for the Ducks. With Fisher back at left tackle, Oregon can move redshirt freshman Tyrell Crosby to right tackle, his previous position. The timing of the offensive line upgrade could not have come at a better time. UCLA’s defense has been up nd down this season, but both teams need a win in a big way today after each taking a loss last weekend.

Defensive end Arik Armstead is considered a game-time decision for Oregon. Armstead injured his ankle in the first half last week against Arizona.