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J.T. Barrett a Lombardi Award Semifinalist

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January 15, 2018 at 1:10pm


HOUSTON (Jan. 15) – The Houston-based Lombardi Foundation is proud to announce 21 candidates for the 2017 Lombardi Award, to be presented to an NCAA Division I player, regardless of position, based on performance, leadership, character and resiliency. The presentation will take place on Saturday, Jan. 27, in Houston at Lone Star College and will be televised locally on ABC’s KTRK and nationally on ESPN3. At that time, the new Lombardi Award trophy, crafted by renowned sculptor Edd Hayes, will be unveiled.

The nominee list is led by teammates from the recently-crowned national champion Alabama Crimson Tide, safety Minkah Fitzpatrick and defensive tackle Da’Ron Payne. Payne was the most outstanding defensive player in both the College Football Playoff National Semifinal (Allstate Sugar Bowl) and the National Championship game while Fitzpatrick was named a consensus All-American. Georgia linebacker Roquan Smith, Oklahoma quarterback Baker Mayfield and Clemson defensive tackle Christian Wilkins are also nominees who played in the College Football Playoff. Overall, nine offensive players and 10 defensive players, along with one two-way player, were named to the nominee list.

Following is the complete list of nominees for the 2017 Lombardi Award:

  • Saquon Barkley, Penn State (RB) J
  • J.T. Barrett, Ohio State (QB)
  • Bradley Chubb, N.C. State (DE)
  • Tyrell Crosby, Oregon (OT)
  • DeShon Elliott, Texas (S)
  • Minkah Fitzpatick, Alabama (S)
  • Shaquem Griffin, UCF (LB)
  • Lamar Jackson, Louisville (QB)
  • Derwin James, Florida State (S)
  • Joel Lanning, Iowa State (LB/QB)
  • Bryce Love, Stanford (RB)
  • Hercules Mata’afa, Washington State (DE)
  • Baker Mayfield, Oklahoma (QB)
  • Quenton Nelson, Notre Dame (G)
  • Ed Oliver, Houston (DT)
  • Da’Ron Payne, Alabama (DT)
  • Rashaad Penny, San Diego State (RB) Roquan Smith, Georgia (LB)
  • Vita Vea, Washington (DT)
  • James Washington, Oklahoma State (WR) Christian Wilkins, Clemson (DT) 

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