Woodley Claims Pair of Awards

Michigan defensive end LaMarr Woodley continued to collect post-season accolades yesterday with the addition of two awards to his growing trophy case. Woodley, a native of Saginaw, Mich., claimed both the Rotary Lombardi Award and the Ted Hendricks Award yesterday to compliment the array of honors issued from the Big 10 conference at the end of the season.

In what has become routine for Michigan defensive end LaMarr Woodley, the Wolverines talented pass rusher found himself at the podium as the center of attention once again on Wednesday night. At the Hilton of America's in Houston, the Wolverines senior co-captain was honored as the 37th annual winner of the Rotary Lombardi Award, presented annually to the top lineman in college football.

"It is a great honor to win this award and to be the first Michigan player to receive the honor. It definitely feels nice and it is a honor that I share with my teammates," Woodley said. "To be able to go down in history as the Lombardi Award winner is great, and it will be around at Schembechler Hall for hundreds of years. I knew that it was going to be difficult to win because of the quality of players that were named finalists for this award. I am honored to receive this award."

Woodley, also the Big 10 Defensive Player of the Year, recorded 11 sacks, 15.5 tackles for a loss and 33 tackles on the season for the Wolverines. He also has four forced fumbles, four fumble recoveries and one defensive touchdown this season for the Michigan Wolverines.

Woodley was selected over Justin Blalock of Texas, Quinn Pitcock of Ohio State and Paul Posluszny of Penn State in the final voting stage of the season long competition.

Woodley was also awarded the Ted Hendricks Awards, given annually to the outstanding collegiate defensive end for on-field performance, leadership abilities, and contributions to both school and the community, earlier in the afternoon.

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