AUSTIN, Texas – Offensive guard David Yankey and outside linebacker Trent Murphy are among 12 semi-finalists for the 44th Rotary Lombardi Award, announced late Thursday. The Lombard Award is given to the nation’s best offensive lineman, defensive lineman or linebacker.
Stanford is the lone school with two candidates for the prestigious award.
Entering the week, Murphy ranked among the national leaders in sacks and tackles for a loss for a defense that is among the best in the country at getting behind opposing lines.
On the opposite spectrum, Yankey is the lynchpin for a Cardinal offense that allows just 3.0 tackles for a loss per game. Yankey has paved the way for running back Tyler Gaffney, who has more touchdowns (13) than carries for a loss (5).
Finalists for the award will be named on Nov. 21. The award will be presented at the Rotary Lombard Award banquet on Dec. 11, at the Wortham Center in Houston.
Eight defensive players and four on offense comprise the list of 12. An offensive lineman hasn’t won the honor since Orlando Pace won the second of his back-to-back Lombardi Awards in 1996.
Lombardi Award Semifinalists
Anthony Barr Sr. LB UCLA
Vic Beasley Jr. DE Clemson
Jadeveon Clowney Jr. DE South Carolina
Aaron Donald Sr. DE Pittsburgh
Taylor Lewan Sr. T Michigan
Jake Matthews Sr. T Texas A&M
CJ Mosley Sr. LB Alabama
Trent Murphy Sr. LB Stanford
Cyril Richardson Sr. G Baylor
Michael Sam Sr. DE Missouri
Kyle Van Noy Sr. LB Brigham Young
David Yankey Jr. T Stanford