Curran Named Semifinalist For Lombardi Award

ATHENS - Rennie Curran has been named one of 12 semifinalists for the Rotary Lombardi Award, according to an announcement from the award's committee late Wednesday.

On Nov. 11, the four Lombardi finalists will be named. All of the finalists will travel to Houston for the ceremony and the winner will be announced on Dec. 9.

Curran, a 5-11, 222-pound native of Snellville, Ga., leads the Southeastern Conference with 63 tackles, including 3.0 tackles for loss. He is the only player in the league to be averaging 10+ tackles a game at 10.5, which is tied for 15th in the NCAA. Curran has had nine games with 10 or more tackles during his career.

Curran set a career high with 16 tackles versus #4 LSU this season and has led the Bulldogs in tackles every game this year. He also tallied a game-high 15 tackles and had a game-saving pass break-up to help clinch the win over South Carolina earlier this season.

Former Bulldog two-time All-American David Pollack, also a Snellville native, is the only Georgia player to ever win the award after being named the 2004 recipient.

The Lombardi award is named after Vince Lombardi, the legendary coach of the Green Bay Packers who first made a name as the smallest but toughest member of Fordham University's famed "Seven Blocks of Granite."

A selection committee of over 400 coaches, writers, broadcasters and previous finalists participate in a three-tiered balloting process. Each year, the selection committee selects 12 semifinalists, four finalists and the winner.

The Rotary Lombardi Award goes to the college football lineman – offensive or defensive – who, in addition to displaying outstanding performance and ability, best exemplifies the character and discipline of Vince Lombardi. The young man must have the following qualifications: • Be a down lineman, end-to-end, either on offense or defense, setting up no farther than 10 yards to the left or right of the ball at the time of the snap.

• Be a linebacker on defense, setting up no farther than five yards deep from the line of scrimmage.

• Does not come out of the offensive backfield and set up on the line of scrimmage as a blocker or receiver, or listed in the program as a back or receiver.

• Shows leadership, courage, desire, respect for authority and discipline.

• Need not be a senior.

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