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Nov 3, 2012; Manhattan, KS, USA; Kansas State Wildcats offensive lineman B.J. Finney (66) snaps the ball during a 44-30 win over the Oklahoma State Cowboys at Bill Snyder Family Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Scott Sewell-USA TODAY Sports

Fifteen Big 12 Players On Lombardi Award Watch

 

 

The college football preseason award watch list for the Rotary Lombardi Award, announced on Monday, is one of the most expansive of all the individual awards, featuring 123 names from 73 different universities.

Fifteen of the 123 preseason candidates for the Lombardi Award play their football in the Big 12 conference. That is the most so far of any of the preseason award nominations including Big 12 student athletes.

Oct 19, 2013; Waco, TX, USA; Baylor Bears linebacker Bryce Hager (44) defends against the Iowa State Cyclones during the game at Floyd Casey Stadium. The Bears defeated the Cyclones 71-7. Mandatory Credit: Jerome Miron-USA TODAY Sports

Oct 19, 2013; Waco, TX, USA; Baylor Bears linebacker Bryce Hager (44) defends against the Iowa State Cyclones during the game at Floyd Casey Stadium. The Bears defeated the Cyclones 71-7. Mandatory Credit: Jerome Miron-USA TODAY Sports

The Lombardi Award, obviously named in honor of the former NFL coach and Hall of Famer, who also coached at Army as an assistant for five season in the collegiate ranks, is presented every season to the best interior lineman, on offense or defense, or to a linebacker who sets up no more than five yards from the line of scrimmage.

Of the 15 Big 12 players on the Lombardi preseason candidate list, four are from Kansas State and three each from Baylor and Texas.

Every Big 12 school except Iowa State and Oklahoma State have players on the Lombardi watch lost.

Big 12 preseason candidates on the 2014 Lombardi Award watch list:

Spencer Drango, tackle, junior, Baylor Bears

Bryce Hager, linebacker, senior, Baylor Bears

Shawn Oakman, defensive end, junior, Baylor Bears

Ben Heeney, linebacker, senior, Kansas Jayhawks

B.J. Finney, center, senior, Kansas State Wildcats

Ryan Mueller, defensive end, senior, Kansas State Wildcats

Cody Whitehair, offensive guard, junior, Kansas State Wildcats

Eric Striker, linebacker, junior, Oklahoma Sooners

Devonte Fields, defensive end, sophomore, TCU Horned Frogs

Chucky Hunter, defensive tackle, senior, TCU Horned Frogs

Steve Edmond, linebacker, senior, Texas Longhorns

Dominic Espinosa, center, senior, Texas Longhorns

Cedric Reed, defensive end, senior, Texas Longhorns

Quinton Spain, offensive guard, senior, West Virginia Mountaineers

Le’Raven Clark, tackle, junior, Texas Tech Red Raiders

 

 

 

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