HOUSTON--()--The Rotary Club of Houston announced today the top 25 finalists for the 43rd Rotary Lombardi Award. The award show will be held December 5, 2012, at the Hobby Center in Houston, Texas and is part of a two-day schedule of events. The announcement was broadcast live by Yahoo Sports Radio on the Rivals Show hosted by David Nuno. The broadcast was attended by Houston area Rotarians and friends of Rotary at the House of Blues in downtown Houston on October 6, 2012.
Fifteen defensive players and ten offensive players were named to the Top 25 list. The Southeastern Conference leads the pack with nine players. The other conferences represented are the Big 12 with four players, the Big 10 with four players, the Atlantic Coast with three players, the Pac 12 with three players, the Western Atlantic with one player, and one Independent.
The top 25 finalists are:
|Bjoern Werner||Florida State||
|Cornellius Carradine||Florida State||
|Jonathan Cooper||North Carolina||
|Johnathan Hankins||Ohio State||Big 10|
|Kawann Short||Purdue||Big 10|
|Chris Borland||Wisconsin||Big 10|
|Arthur Brown||Kansas State||Big 12|
|Alex Okafor||Texas||Big 12|
|Jackson Jeffcoat||Texas||Big 12|
|Joe Madsen||West Virginia||Big 12|
|Manit Te'o||Notre Dame||
|Will Sutton||Arizona State||Pac 12|
|Khaled Holmes||USC||Pac 12|
|Jadeveon Clowney||South Carolina||SEC|
|Damontre Moore||Texas A&M||SEC|
|Travis Johnson||San Jose State||Western Atlantic|
Going forward, the Rotary Lombardi Award committee will announce their “seven blocks of granite” semi-finalists on October 27th followed by the announcement of the four finalists on November 17th.
Established in 1970, the Rotary Lombardi Award has raised millions of dollars to help support cancer research, public education and direct services to cancer patients. The tradition of service above self – the Rotary motto - continues this year.
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National College Football Awards Association:
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 website, www.NCFAA.org.