Awards watch: Bucks trio up for Lombardi
July, 16, 2012
By Austin Ward | ESPN.com
The season is finally getting closer. The release of preseason watch lists for the major college football awards confirms it, and with a full week of candidates already announced and more to come, BuckeyeNation will break them all down to see which Ohio State representatives have a shot at bringing home some hardware.
ROTARY LOMBARDI AWARD
ROTARY LOMBARDI AWARD
- WHAT: Nation's top college lineman, from either side of the ball from end to end, or linebacker
- ON THE LIST: Defensive tackle Johnathan Hankins, defensive end John Simon and tight end Jake Stoneburner
- CREDENTIALS: Both Hankins and Simon have a proven track record of making plays behind the line of scrimmage, and with the ability to play off each other up front for the Buckeyes, more chances figure to be on the way. Stoneburner showed his nose for the end zone last year by turning his 14 receptions into seven touchdowns, and the new Ohio State offense figures to provide him with more opportunities to get his hands on the football.
- HEAD TO HEAD: Showcase opportunities against other preseason candidates -- Denicos Allen (linebacker, Michigan State), Chris Borland (linebacker, Wisconsin), Jonathan Brown (linebacker, Illinois), Michael Buchanan (defensive end, Illinois), Max Bullough (linebacker, Michigan State), Kenny Demens (linebacker, Michigan), Travis Frederick (offensive line, Wisconsin), William Gholston (defensive end, Michigan State), Jordan Hill (defensive tackle, Penn State), Gerald Hodges (linebacker, Penn State), Taylor Lewan (offensive tackle, Michigan), Spencer Long (guard, Nebraska), Chris McDonald (guard, Michigan State), Marcus Rush (defensive end, Michigan State), Kawann Short (defensive tackle, Purdue), Baker Steinkuhler (defensive tackle, Nebraska), Mike Taylor (linebacker, Wisconsin), Ricky Wagner (offensive tackle, Wisconsin)
- ODDS: With such a diverse -- and lengthy -- pool of candidates, emerging as a favorite for this award can be a tricky proposition. Evaluating offensive linemen against linebackers, for example, isn't something that can be done easily with statistics. All three options for the Buckeyes figure to be in the mix for awards at their own positions though, so that could potentially keep them in play for the Lombardi.
OSU Pulls Away From Navy
BIG TEN SCOREBOARD
Final Eastern Illinois 20 Minnesota 42 Final Rutgers 41 Washington State 38
Final Penn State 26 UCF 24 Final Youngstown State 17 Illinois 28 Final Indiana State 10 Indiana 28 Final Northern Iowa 23 Iowa 31 Final Appalachian State 14 Michigan 52 Final 5 Ohio State 34 Navy 17 Final Western Michigan 34 Purdue 43 Final Florida Atlantic 7 22 Nebraska 55 Final California 31 Northwestern 24 Final James Madison 7 Maryland 52 Final 14 Wisconsin 24 13 LSU 28