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.
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Final Washington State 45 Colorado State 48 Final 20 Fresno State 20 25 USC 45 Final Buffalo 24 San Diego State 49 Final Tulane 21 Louisiana-Lafayette 24
Final Pittsburgh 30 Bowling Green 27 Final Utah State 21 23 Northern Illinois 14
Final Marshall 31 Maryland 20 Final Syracuse 21 Minnesota 17 Final Brigham Young 16 Washington 31
Final Rutgers 16 Notre Dame 29 Final Cincinnati 17 North Carolina 39 Final Miami (FL) 9 18 Louisville 36 Final Michigan 14 Kansas State 31
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Final 13 Oklahoma State 31 8 Missouri 41 Final 12 Clemson 40 7 Ohio State 35