Greg Eslinger Named To Lombardi Award Watch List

University of Minnesota center Greg Eslinger is one of 54 players to be selected to the 2004 Rotary Lombardi Award Watch List. Eslinger, who was a third-team selection on the Associated Press All-America Team last season, will be a junior this fall.

The 54 preliminary candidates earned a place on the initial watch list by earning All-American honors at the end of the 2003 season or in previous seasons, or by being named to their respective all-conference team as selected by the conference's head coaches.

Last season, Eslinger became the first Gopher All-American since center Ben Hamilton and punter Preston Gruening were honored following the 2000 season. Eslinger is the fifth player to earn All-America status under head coach Glen Mason since his tenure began at Minnesota in 1997.

Eslinger was also named to the Sports All-America Team in 2003. He was a second-team selection on the offensive line and was the only sophomore on either the first- or second-team offensive line. He also became the first Minnesota center to earn first-team All-Big Ten honors since Ben Hamilton in 2000.

In 2003, Eslinger helped pave the way for the most prolific Gopher offense in school history. The Bismarck, N.D., native contributed to an offensive line which set school records in 2003 for total offense (494.6 ypg), rushing offense (289.2 ypg), rushing touchdowns (46), scoring (38.7 ppg), touchdowns (66), yards per play (6.6), 500-yard games (7) and 200-yard rushing games (11).

Anthony Alabi, TCU    
Calvin Armstrong, Wash. St.
Brian Atkinson, No. Illinois
Andy Avalos, Boise State    
Adrian Awasom, North Texas
Alex Barron, Florida State    
David Bass, Michigan    
Michael Boley, Southern Miss
Andy Brewster, North Texas
Wesley Britt, Alabama    
C.J. Brooks, Maryland    
Jammal Brown, Oklahoma    
Nick Bunting, Tulsa    
Vince Carter, Oklahoma    
Andrew Clarke, Toledo    
Dan Cody, Oklahoma    
Shaun Cody, USC    
Trent Cole, Cincinnati    
Ryan Cook, New Mexico    
Harvey Dahl, Nevada    
Will Derting, Washington St.
Dusty Dvoracek, Oklahoma
Greg Eslinger, Minnesota
Matt Grootegoed, USC    
Marquis Harris, Colorado    
A.J. Hawk, Ohio State    
Eric Henderson, Georgia Tech
Matt Herian, Nebraska    
Leroy Hill, Clemson
Derrick Johnson, Texas    
Nick Kaczur, Toledo    
Mathias Kiwanuka, Boston Coll
Jamus Martin, Marshall    
Heath Miller, Virginia    
Garrett Mills, Tulsa    
Kirk Morrison, San Diego State
Scott Mruczkowski, BGSU
Michael Munoz, Tennessee
Mike Patterson, USC    
Erik Pears, Colorado State    
Rob Petitti, Pittsburgh    
David Pollack, Georgia    
Brady Poppinga, BYU    
Julius Roberts, Boise State    
Matt Roth, Iowa    
Adam Seward, UNLV    
Adam Snyder, Oregon    
Steve Subia, New Mexico State
Kyle Takavitz, Cincinnati    
Claude Terrell, New Mexico
Odell Thurman, Georgia    
Jake VerStraete, No. Illinois
Eric Winston, Miami     
Zac Woodfin, UAB

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