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DE Ryan Kerrigan Heads Lombardi Award List
Award presented annually to the top college football lineman or linebacker.
Photo - DE Ryan Kerrigan - Purdue
Purdue's Ryan Kerrigan is among the 10 defensive and two offensive players that comprise the list of 12 semifinalists for the 41st Rotary Lombardi Award to be held Dec. 8, 2010, at the George R. Brown Convention Center in Houston. The semifinalists were announced this week.
Kerrigan is having an excellent senior season as the leader of the Boilermaker defense. He ranks 13th nationally in sacks per game (2.86) and 12th in tackles for loss (7.57). Individually, he leads the Big Ten Conference in both sacks and tackles for loss, while ranking 15th in the NCAA in sacks and second amongst all Football Bowl Subdivision players in TFLs. Kerrigan is currently third for the Boilermakers with 45 total tackles, including 16.5 TFLs with 6.5 sacks.
The Big Ten Conference leads the pack with four players, followed by the Big 12 with three, the SEC and the ACC with two each and one from the Mountain West.
2010 Rotary Lombardi Award Semifinalist
Sam Acho - Defensive End, Texas, 6-3, 260, Sr., Dallas, Texas
Jeremy Beal - Defensive End, Oklahoma, 6-3, 267, Sr. Carrollton, Texas
Da'quan Bowers - Defensive End, Clemson, 6-4, 275, Jr., Bamberg, S.C.
Adrian Clayborn - Defensive End, Iowa, 6-4, 285, Sr., St. Louis, Mo.
Jared Crick - Defensive Tackle, Nebraska, 6-6, 285, Jr., Cozad, Neb.
Nick Fairley - Defensive Line, Auburn, 6-5, 298, Jr., Mobile, Ala.
Cameron Heyward - Defensive Tackle, Ohio State, 6-5, 288, Sr., Suwanee, Ga.
Rodney Hudson - Offensive Guard, Florida State, 6-2, 282, Sr., Mobile, Ala.
Greg Jones - Linebacker, Michigan State, 6-1, 240, Sr., Cincinnati, Ohio
Ryan Kerrigan - Defensive End, Purdue, 6-4, 263, Sr., Muncie, Ind.
Jake Kirkpatrick - Center, TCU, 6-3, 305, Sr., Tyler, Texas
Drake Nevis - Defensive Tackle, LSU, 6-5, 285, Sr., Marrero, La.
The Rotary Lombardi Award is a member of the National College Football Awards Association (NCFAA). The NCFAA was founded in 1997 as a coalition of the major collegiate football awards to protect, preserve and enhance the integrity, influence and prestige of the game's predominant awards. The NCFAA encourages professionalism and the highest standards for the administration of its member awards and the selection of their candidates and recipients. For more information, visit the association's official Web site, www.NCFAA.org.