Defensive tackle Jermaine Berry makes Lombardi
Defensive tackle Jermaine Berry makes Lombardi Award watch list
MANHATTAN, Kan. - A fourth Wildcat was added to a preseason watch list Wednesday, when senior defensive tackle Jermaine Berry was named to the slate of candidates for the 2004 Rotary Lombardi Award.
Berry is one of 112 players being considered for the honor, which is annually presented to the nation's top lineman on either side of the ball or a linebacker.
The list includes 28 offensive tackles, 28 linebackers, 22 defensive ends, 14 centers, nine defensive tackles, seven offensive guards and four tight ends and is available on-line at www.rotarylombardiaward.com.
A starter in all 15 games a year ago, Berry is Kansas State's leading returning tackler after finishing the 2003 season fourth on the team in tackles with 82. He also ranked fifth on the team in tackles for loss with 10, was second on the squad in quarterback sacks with seven and paced the Wildcats in QB hurries with 11.
The Wichita, Kan., native joins senior running back Darren Sproles (Maxwell Award), senior tight end Brian Casey (Mackey Award) and senior place-kicker Joe Rheem (Groza Award) among the Wildcats who have been selected for 2004 preseason watch lists.
Berry is the third K-State player to be named to the Lombardi watch list, following in the foot steps of 1995 semifinalist Tim Colston and Nick Leckey, who was a candidate in both 2002 and 2003.
Including Berry, 13 players hailing from the Big 12 were selected to the list, with Barry's 82 total tackles during 2003 ranking fourth among the defenders and tops among the linemen.
The Rotary Lombardi Award is celebrating its 35th year of honoring the finest linemen in college football in 2004. The annual Lombardi Award Dinner will be held in Houston on December 8, with all net proceeds from the dinner and related activities added to the total of nearly $3 million that has been raised for the American Cancer Society since the events inception.
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