Two Tigers Among Lombardi Award Candidates

by Jake Terry (@LSUjake)
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Two Tigers Among Lombardi Award Candidates

BATON ROUGE – LSU senior offensive tackle Vadal Alexander and freshman offensive lineman Toby Weathersby are two of 145 candidates named to the 2015 Rotary Lombardi Award Watch List, it was announced Tuesday.

The Lombardi Award is presented annually to the nation’s best lineman or linebacker. Eligibility for the award is limited to down linemen, end-to-end, either on offense or defense or linebackers who set up no farther than five yards deep from the line of scrimmage.

The most experienced player on the offensive side of the ball, Alexander enters his fourth season as a starting lineman in 2015. He is expected to make the shift out to right tackle after starting at left guard in 2013 and 2014.

Alexander ranked second on the team last season with 75.5 knockdowns, and he was third in total snaps played at 757.

Weathersby earned a spot on the watch list after winning the inaugural Greater Houston High School Award as a senior at Westfield High School in 2014.

The 46th Rotary Lombardi Award banquet will be held Dec. 9 at the Bayou Music Center in Houston, Texas.

2015 Lombardi Award Watch List

Name, Position, Class, School
Jatavis Brown, LB, SR, Akron
Reggie Ragland, LB, SR, Alabama
Ryan Kelly, C, SR, Alabama
A’Shawn Robinson, DT, JR, Alabama
Ronald Blair, DE, SR, Appalachian State
Scooby Wright III, LB, JR, Arizona
Chris Stone, DE, SR, Arkansas State
Matt Hugenberg, OL, SR, Army
Jeremy Timpf, LB, JR, Army
Avery Young, OT, JR, Auburn
Cassanova McKinzy, LB, SR, Auburn
Andrew Billings, DT, JR, Baylor
Spencer Drango, OT, SR, Baylor
Shawn Oakman, DE, SR, Baylor
Kyle Fuller, C, JR, Baylor
Kamalei Correa, DE, JR, Boise State
Marcus Henry, OG, SR, Boise State
Rees Odhiambo, OT, SR, Boise State
Tanner Vallejo, LB, JR, Boise State
Alex Huettel, C, SR, Bowling Green
Tejan Koroma, OL, SO, BYU
Bronson Kaufusi, DE, SR, BYU
Manoa Pikula, LB, SR, BYU
Joe Ostman, DE, JR, Central Michigan
Ramadan Ahmeti, OL, SR, Central Michigan
Blake Serpa, DL, SR, Central Michigan
Parker Ehinger, OG, SR, Cincinnati
Silverberry Mouhon, DE, SR, Cincinnati
Graham Stewart, LB, SR, Connecticut
Matt Skura, C, SR, Duke
Zeek Bigger, LB, SR, East Carolina
J.T. Boyd, OG, JR, East Carolina
Ike Harris, OT, SR, East Carolina
Montese Overton, LB, SR, East Carolina
Pat O’Connor, DE, SR, Eastern Michigan
Great Ibe, LB, SR, Eastern Michigan
Antonio Morrison, LB, SR, Florida
Trevon Coley, DT, SR, Florida Atlantic
Michael Wakefield, DE, SR, Florida International
Denzell Perine, DE, SR, Florida International
Reggie Northrup, LB, SR, Florida State
Terrence Smith, LB, SR, Florida State
Greg Pyke, OG, JR, Georgia
Jordan Jenkins, LB, SR, Georgia
Leonard Floyd, LB, JR, Georgia
Joseph Peterson, LB, SR, Georgia State
Adam Gotsis, DT, SR, Georgia Tech
Ben Clarke, OL, SR, Hawaii
Marc Millan, LB, SR, Idaho
Mason Monheim, LB, SR, Illinois
Dan Feeney, OG, JR, Indiana
Mykheal Quave, OT, SR, Louisiana-Lafayette
Dominique Tovell, LB, SR, Louisiana-Lafayette
Gerrand Johnson, DT, Grad, Louisiana-Monroe
Hunter Kissenger, LB, Grad, Louisiana-Monroe
Vernon Butler, DT, SR, Louisiana Tech
Sheldon Rankins, DE, JR, Louisville
James Burgess, LB, SR, Louisville
Vadal Alexander, OT, SR, LSU
Toby Weathersby, OT, FR, LSU
Clint Van Horn, OT, SR, Marshall
DJ Hunter, LB, SR, Marshall
Jovan Santos-Knox, LB, JR, Massachusetts
Jack Allen, C, SR, Michigan State
Shilique Calhoun, DE, SR, Michigan State
Jack Conklin, OT, JR, Michigan State
T.T. Barber, LB, SR, Middle Tennessee
Darius Johnson, OG, SR, Middle Tennessee
Ian Seau, DE, SR, Nevada
Isaiah Folasa-Lutui, OG, SR, New Mexico State
Landon Turner, OG, SR, North Carolina
Caleb Peterson, OG, JR, North Carolina
Kaydon Kirby, C, JR, North Texas
Andrew Ness, C, SR, Northern Illinois
Boomer Mays, LB, SR, Northern Illinois
Steve Elmer, OG, JR, Notre Dame
Nick Martin, C, Grad, Notre Dame
Ronnie Stanley, OT, SR, Notre Dame
Jaylon Smith, LB, JR, Notre Dame
Sheldon Day, DT, SR, Notre Dame
Jarron Jones, DT, SR, Notre Dame
Joe Schmidt, LB, Grad, Notre Dame
Joey Bosa, DE, JR, Ohio State
Taylor Decker, OT, SR, Ohio State
Pat Elflein, OG, JR, Ohio State
Adolphus Washington, DT, SR, Ohio State
Darron Lee, LB, SO, Ohio State
Dominique Alexander, LB, JR, Oklahoma
Eric Striker, LB, SR, Oklahoma
Emmanuel Ogbah, DE, JR, Oklahoma State
Ryan Simmons, LB, SR, Oklahoma State
Robert Nkemdiche, DT, JR, Ole Miss
Laremy Tunsil, OT, JR, Ole Miss
DeForest Buckner, DE, SR, Oregon
Tyler Johnstone, OT, SR, Oregon
Isaac Seumalo, C, JR, Oregon State
Anthony Zettel, DT, SR, Penn State
Adam Bisnpwaty, OL, JR, Pittsburgh
Alex Lyons, LB, JR, Rice
Andrew Reue, OL, SR, Rice
Steve Longa, LB, JR, Rutgers
Alex Barrett, DL, JR, San Diego State
Darrell Greene, OL, SR, San Diego State
Pearce Slater, OL, SR, San Diego State
Christian Tago, LB, JR, San Jose State
Taylor Lasecki, C, SR, SMU
Joseph Scelfo, C, JR, South Alabama
Joshua Garnett, OG, SR, Stanford
Blake Martinez, LB, SR, Stanford
Davion Pierson, DT, SR, TCU
Praise Martin-Oguike, DL, JR, Temple
Tyler Matakevich, LB, SR, Temple
Sedrick Flowers, OG, SR, Texas
Myles Garrett, DE, SO, Texas A&M
Kingsley Keke, DT, FR, Texas A&M
Adrian Bellard, OT, SR, Texas State
Le’Raven Clark, OT, SR, Texas Tech
Alfredo Morales, OL, SR, Texas Tech
Trent Voss, DE, SR, Toledo
Dalton Bennett, OG, SR, Troy
Tyler Roberts, DE, JR, Troy
Chris Taylor, OG, JR, Tulane
Royce LaFrance, DE, SR, Tulane
Garrett Stafford, OT, JR, Tulsa
Thomas Niles, DE, SR, UCF
Kenny Clark, DT, JR, UCLA
Myles Jack, LB, JR, UCLA
Caleb Benenoch, OL, JR, UCLA
Eddie Vanderdoes, DL, JR, UCLA
Max Tuerk, C, SR, USC
Hunter Dimick, DE, JR, Utah
Nick Vigil, LB, JR, Utah State
Kyler Fackrell, LB, SR, Utah State
Ken Ekanem, DE, JR, Virginia Tech
Dadi Lhomme-Nicolas, DE, SR, Virginia Tech
Tylor Harris, DT, SR, Wake Forest
Brandon Chubb, LB, SR, Wake Forest
Nick Kwiatkoski, LB, SR, West Virginia
Forrest Lamp, OL, KR, Western Kentucky
Nick Holt, LB, SR, Western Kentucky
James Kristof, OL, SR, Western Michigan
Willie Beavers, OL, SR, Western Michigan
Vince Biegel, LB, JR, Wisconsin
Eddie Yarbrough, DE, SR, Wyoming