English, Robinson on Watch List

Oklahoma's Duke Robinson and Auston English have been named to the preliminary watch list for an award that names the nation's best down lineman.

NORMAN, Okla. – Oklahoma's Duke Robinson and Auston English are on the watch list for the 2008 Rotary Lombardi Award. They are among 54 players named to the preliminary list.

Robinson, OU's left guard, was a consensus All-American last year, for a Sooners offense that ranked No. 1 nationally in passing efficiency, No. 5 in scoring, No. 5 in sacks allowed, No. 19 in total yards and No. 30 in rushing. One finalist and three semi-finalists from last year's Rotary Lombardi Award voting are among 54 players selected to the 2008 preliminary watch list released today.

The 6-5, 330-pound senior graded at 85% last season. He was on the field for 663 plays with 97 knockdowns.

English, a junior defense end, was No. 15 in the nation last season with .86 sacks per game. He had a total of 15 despite missing four games due to injury. English also had a team-high 13 tackles for loss.

Eligibility for the Rotary Lombardi Award is limited to down linemen and those defensive players who line up within five yards of the football. The candidates earned a place on the preliminary watch list by earning All-American honors or by being named to their respective all-conference first team as selected by the conference's head coaches. The Rotary Lombardi Award Watch List will be updated prior to the start of the 2008 season in order to identify those players who have been selected as pre-season honors candidates.

While the Watch List highlights players who have already received national recognition, any Division I player who meets the position requirements is eligible for consideration from the Rotary Lombardi Selection Committee. This committee is comprised of more than 500 members, including all past winners and finalists, all Division 1 head coaches and a panel of sportswriters and broadcasters. The Rotary Lombardi Watch List, intended as a reference tool for the Selection Committee, will be periodically updated and revised through the conclusion of the voting to determine the 12 Semifinalists for 2008.

The complete Rotary Lombardi Award Preliminary Watch List for 2008 follows:

Travis Beckum, TE, Wisconsin

Robert Brewster, OT, Ball State

Diyral Briggs, DE, Bowling Green

Terrill Byrd, DT, Cincinnati

Ian Campbell, DE, Kansas State

Solomon Elimimian, LB, Hawaii

Auston English, DE, Oklahoma

Larry English, DE, Northern Illinois

John Estes, OL, Hawaii

Maurice Evans, DE, Penn State

Ray Feinga, OL, BYU

Andrew Gardner, OT, Georgia Tech

Dominic Green, OL, Nevada

Greg Hardy, DL, Ole Miss

Jason Harmon, TE, Florida Atlantic

Darius Hill, TE, Ball State

Daniel Holtzclaw, LB, Eastern Michigan

Phillip Hunt, DE, Houston

George Hypolite, DT, Colorado

Greg Isdaner, OL, West Virginia

Herman Johnson, OL, LSU

Jan Jorgensen, DL, BYU

Frantz Joseph, LB, Florida Atlantic

Mitch King, DL, Iowa

James Laurinaitis, LB, Ohio State

Boris Lee, LB, Troy

Adam Leonard, LB, Hawaii

Jonathan Luigs, C, Arkansas

Alex Mack, OL, California

Scott McKillop, LB, Pittsburgh

Gerald McRath, LB, Southern Miss

Matt Mandich, OL, Arkansas State

Rey Maualuga, LB, USC

Greg Middleton, DE, Indiana

Joe Mortensen, LB, Kansas

Clayton Mullins, OB, Miami (OH)

Eric Norwood, DE, South Carolina

Michael Oher, OT, Ole Miss

Anthony Parker, OL, Tennessee

Brandon Pettigrew, TE, Oklahoma State

Dennis Pitta, TE, BYU

Ryan Purvis, TE, Boston College

Nick Reed, DE, Oregon

Dallas Reynolds, OL, BYU

Duke Robinson, OL, Oklahoma

George Selvie, DL, S. Florida

A.Q. Shipley, C, Penn State

Dion Small, OL, Troy

Andre Smith, OL, Alabama

Brandon Spikes, LB, Florida

Max Unger, OT, Oregon

David Veikune, DL, Hawaii

Vance Walker, DT, Georgia Tech

Eric Wood, C, Louisville

The 39th Rotary Lombardi Award dinner will be held on December 10, 2008 in Houston. For more information call the Rotary Club of Houston at 713-973-9936 or visit the website at www.rotarylombardiaward.org.

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