LSU senior defensive end Marcus Spears has been named as one of 12 semifinalists for the Lombardi Award, the Rotary Lombardi Award selection committee announced on Tuesday.
Spears, a native of Baton Rouge, anchors an LSU
defense that is currently ranked ninth in the nation in total defense, allowing
only 268.8 yards per game. In addition, the Tigers are first in the Southeastern
Conference in rushing defense, holding opponents to only 104 yards per contest.
In six games, Spears has recorded
14 tackles, 2.5 tackles for losses, a sack and he's returned an interception 35
yards for a touchdown. He's also broken up three passes, forced a fumble and
recovered a fumble for the 17th-ranked Tigers.
The Lombardi Award goes each to
year 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 winner of the 2004 Rotary
Lombardi Award will be announced at the conclusion of the 35th
anniversary Rotary Lombardi Award Dinner, which will be held at the Hilton
Americas Hotel in Houston. Since its inception in 1971, the
Rotary Lombardi Award has raised over $3 million for the American Cancer
Sr. Lawton, Okla.
Sr. Ada, Okla.
Jr. Nevada City, Calif.
Jr. Centerville, Ohio
Sr. Pembroke Pines, Fla.
Baton Rouge, La.