Suh Named Semifinalist for Lombardi Award

Nebraska senior defensive tackle Ndamukong Suh has been selected as one of 12 semifinalists for the Rotary Lombardi Award.

The Lombardi Award is given annually to best college offensive or defensive lineman, who, in addition to outstanding performance and ability, best exemplifies the discipline of Vince Lombardi. The semifinal list will be trimmed to four finalists on Nov. 10 and the award will be presented in Houston on Dec. 9

The 6-4, 300-pound Suh is the cornerstone of the Nebraska defense. After leading the team in tackles in 2008, Suh is again leading the way this fall with 32 tackles through five games. He also leads the team with seven tackles for loss and has recorded three sacks. Suh also has a remarkable seven pass breakups, easily the most of any defensive lineman in the country, and has added an interception, a fumble caused and five quarterback hurries.

Suh's dominant early season play was punctuated by his performance at Missouri last Thursday. Suh racked up six tackles, including a first-quarter sack that forced a fumble. He also had an interception that set up Nebraska's go-ahead score in the fourth quarter, added another pass breakup and had three quarterback hurries.

In addition to being named Big 12 Defensive Player of the Week for his effort, Suh has also earned national defensive player-of-the-week honors from the Walter Camp Foundation, the Football Writers and was the Lott Trophy Impact Player of the Week.

Suh is one of four Big 12 players on the Lombardi Award Semifinal List, joining Oklahoma defensive tackle Gerald McCoy, Oklahoma State offensive lineman Russell Okung and Missouri linebacker Sean Weatherspoon. Nebraska has had four players win the Lombardi Award, including Rich Glover in 1972, Dave Rimington in 1982, Dean Steinkuhler in 1983 and Grant Wistrom in 1997.

In alphabetical order, the 12 semifinalists are:

Terrence Cody, Alabama, NG, #62, Sr., 6-5, 365, Ft. Myers, FL
Rennie Curran, Georgia, LB, #35, Jr., 5-11, 228, Snellville, GA
Carlos Dunlap, Florida, DE, #8, Jr., 6-6, 290, North Charleston, SC
Jerry Hughes, TCU, DE, #98, Sr., 6-3, 257, Sugar Land, TX
Rolando McClain, Alabama, LB, #25, Jr., 6-4, 258, Decatur, AL
Gerald McCoy, Oklahoma, #93, DT, Jr., 6-4, 297, Oklahoma City, OK
Eric Norwood, South Carolina, LB, #40, Sr., 6-1, 252, Acworth, GA
Russell Okung, Oklahoma State, LT, #76, Sr., 6-5, 300, Houston, TX
George Selvie, South Florida, DE, #95, Sr., 6-4, 250, Pensacola, FL
Brandon Spikes, Florida, LB, #51, Sr., 6-3, 258, Shelby, NC
Ndamukong Suh, Nebraska, DT, #93, Sr., 6-4, 300, Portland, OR
Sean Weatherspoon, Missouri, LB, #12, Sr., 6-2, 245, Jasper, TX

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