Spears one of 10 finalist for Lombardi Award

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 Society.

NAME                                  SCHOOL             POS       HT         WT         YR          HOMETOWN

Elton Brown                        Virginia                OG         6-6          338         Sr.           Hampton, Va.

Jamal Brown                       Oklahoma            OT          6-6          313         Sr.           Lawton, Okla.

Dan Cody                            Oklahoma            DE          6-5          270         Sr.           Ada, Okla.

Shaun Cody                        USC                       DE          6-4          295         Sr.           Hacienda, Calif.

Greg Eslinger                      Minnesota           C             6-3          285         Jr.            Bismark, N.D.

Jonathan Goddard            Marshall              DE          6-0          245         Sr.           Jacksonville, Fla.               

Spencer Havner                 UCLA                    LB           6-4          236         Jr.            Nevada City, Calif.

A.J. Hawk                            Ohio State            LB           6-2          238         Jr.            Centerville, Ohio

Erasmus James                   Wisconsin           DE          6-4          263         Sr.           Pembroke Pines, Fla.

Derrick Johnson                 Texas                     LB           6-4          230         Sr.           Waco, Texas

David Pollack                     Georgia                 DE          6-3          260         Sr.           Snellville, Ga.

Marcus Spears                  LSU                       DE          6-4          298         Sr.           Baton Rouge, La.

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