Pair of Sooners Named to Lombardi Watch List

NORMAN, Okla. – Oklahoma defensive end Jeremy Beal and linebacker Travis Lewis have been named to the preseason watch list for the 2010 Rotary Lombardi Award.

Beal, a senior from Carrollton, Texas, led the Sooners with 11 sacks last season, the fourth-best total in school history. He enters his final college campaign with 39.5 career tackles for loss and 20.5 sacks.

Lewis has been OU's leading tackler in each of the last two seasons. The San Antonio junior has started all 27 games of his career and needs just 82 stops to etch his name among the top 10 tacklers in school history.

Eligibility for the Rotary Lombardi Award is limited to down linemen, end-to-end, either on offense or defense, who set up no farther than 10 yards to the left or right of the ball, or linebackers who set up no farther than five yards deep from the line of scrimmage.

The candidates earned a place on the official watch list by earning All-American honors, by being named to their respective all-conference first teams as selected by the conference's head coaches or by nomination sent to and reviewed by the nominations committee.

The Rotary Lombardi Watch List will be periodically updated and revised through the conclusion of the voting to determine the 12 semifinalists for 2010.

The 41st Rotary Lombardi Award will be held Dec. 7- 8, 2010, at the George R. Brown Convention Center in Houston, Texas.

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