College football's best linemen and linebackers: The 2013 Lombardi list

Louis Nix III - Matt Cashore-US PRESSWIRE

The Lombardi Award honors some of the country's most hard-nosed players.

The preseason watch list for the Rotary Lombardi Award was announced Monday. The award is given annually to college football's top lineman or linebacker.

First Name

Last Name

Position

School

Stats

Josh

Allen

C

Louisiana-Monroe

2012 2nd Team All Sun Belt

Jeremiah

Attaochu

LB

Georgia Tech

2012 3rd Team all ACC

Calvin

Barnett

DT

Oklahoma State

2012 All Big 12, 2012 Big 12 Defensive Newcomer of the Year

Anthony

Barr

LB

UCLA

2012 2nd Team All American

Chris

Borland

LB

Wisconsin

2012 All Big 10,104 Tackles

Morgan

Breslin

DL

USC

2012 2nd Team All Pac 12

Preston

Brown

LB

Louisville

2012 2nd Team All Big East Team

Vince

Buhaglar

LB

San Jose State

2012 All WAC, 3 Time Academic All WAC

Austen

Bujnoch

G

Cincinnati

2012 All Big East

Max

Bullough

LB

Michigan State

2012 All Big 10, 111 Tackles

Chris

Burnette

G

Georgia

2012 2nd Team All SEC, 2 Year SEC Academic Honor Roll

Ryan

Carrethers

DT

Arkansas State

2012 All Sun Belt

Le'Raven

Clark

G

Texas Tech

2012 Freshman All American

Jadeveon

Clowney

DE

South Carolina

2012 All American, 2012 Lombardi Award Finalist

La'El

Collins

G

LSU

2012 Honorable Mention All SEC

Scott

Crichton

DE

Oregon State

2012 All Pac 12

Tyeler

Davison

NG

Fresno State

2012 All Mountain Wes

Aaron

Donald

DE

Pittsburgh

2012 All Big East

Jake

Doughty

LB

Utah State

2012 All WAC, 3 Time Academic All WAC

Dominique

Easley

DT

Florida

2013 3rd Team Preseason All American

IK

Enemkpali

DT

Louisiana Tech

2012 All WAC

Kyler

Fackrell

LB

Utah State

2012 All WAC, 2012 Freshman All American

Jake

Fely

LB

San Diego State

2012 2nd Team All Mountain West

Devonte

Fields

DE

TCU

2012 All Big 12, 2012 Big 12 Freshman Defensive Player of the Year

BJ

Finney

C

Kansas State

2012 All Big 12, 2011 Freshman All American

Dominic

Flewellyn

G

Bowling Green

2012 3rd Team All MAC, Team Captain, 2012 Academic All MAC

Ben

Gardner

DE

Stanford

2012 2nd Team All Pac 12

David

Gilbert

DE

Wisconsin

2012 Honorable Mention All Big 10

Hroniss

Grasu

C

Oregon

2012 All Pac 12

Ryan

Groy

OL

Wisconsin

2012 2nd Team All Big 10

Ra'Shede

Hageman

DT

Minnesota

2012 Honorable Mention All Big 10, 35 Tackles, 6 Sacks

Bryce

Hager

LB

Baylor

2012 2nd Team All Big 12

Ben

Heeney

LB

Kansas

2012 2nd Team All Big 12

Brock

Hekking

DE

Nevada

2012 2nd Team All Mountain West

Anthony

Hitchens

LB

Iowa

2012 2nd Team All Big 10

Adrian

Hubbard

LB

Alabama

2013 2nd Team Pre Season All American,

Chucky

Hunter

DT

TCU

2012 2nd Team All Big 12

James

Hurst

T

North Carolina

2012 All ACC, 2010 Freshman All American

Kerry

Hyder

DE

Texas Tech

2012 All Big 12

Martin

Ifedi

DE

Memphis

2012 2nd Team All Conference USA

Gabe

Ikard

C

Oklahoma

2012 All Big 12, 2nd Team Academic All American

Andrew

Jackson

LB

Western Kentucky

2012 All Sun Belt

Gabe

Jackson

G

Mississippi State

2012 2nd Team All American, 2012 All SEC

Tre'

Jackson

G

Florida State

2012 2nd Team All ACC

Jackson

Jeffcoat

DE

Texas

2011 2nd Team All Big 12

Timmy

Jernigan

DT

Florida State

2012 2nd Team All ACC

AJ

Johnson

LB

Tennessee

2012 2nd Team All SEC, 2011 Freshman All American

Anthony

Johnson

DT

LSU

2011 Freshman All American

Kaleb

Johnson

T

Rutgers

2012 2nd Team All Big East, 2011 Freshman All American

Wesley

Johnson

T

Vanderbilt

2012 Honorable Mention ALL SEC

Tyler

Johnstone

T

Oregon

2012 Freshman All American

Christian

Jones

LB

Florida State

2012 2nd Team All ACC

Nicholas

Kaspar

G

San Jose State

2012 All WAC

Zac

Kerin

C

Toledo

2012 All MAC

Cyrus

Kouandijio

T

Alabama

2013 Pre Season 2nd Team All American

Tyler

Larsen

C

Utah State

2012 All WAC, 2 Time All WAC, 2011 Academic All WAC

Demarcus

Lawrence

DE

Boise State

2012 All Mountain West

Eric

Lefeld

T

Cincinnati

2012 All Big East

Charles

Leno

T

Boise State

2012 2nd Team All Mountain West

Taylor

Lewan

T

Michigan

2012 All American, 35 Starts

Spencer

Long

G

Nebraska

2012 2nd Team All American, Big Ten All Academic

Antwan

Lowery

G

Rutgers

2012 All Big East

Aaron

Lynch

DE

South Florida

2011 Freshman All American

Khalil

Mack

LB

Buffalo

2012 All MAC

Gabe

Martin

LB

Bowling Green

2012 All MAC

Zack

Martin

G

Notre Dame

2012 2nd Team All American, 2012 All Independent

Jake

Matthews

T

Texas A&M

2012 3rd Team All American, 2012 All SEC

Morgan

Moses

T

Virginia

2012 Honorable Mention All ACC

CJ

Mosley

LB

Alabama

2012 All American

Trent

Murphy

LB

Stanford

2012 3rd Team All American, 2012 All Pac 12

Jonathan

Newsome

LB

Ball State

2012 2nd Team All MAC

Louis

Nix

DT

Notre Dame

2012 All Independent

Roosevelt

Nix

DE

Kent State

2012 All MAC

Denzel

Nkemdiche

LB

Mississippi

2012 2nd Team All SEC, 2011 Freshman All American

Andrew

Norwell

G

Ohio State

2012 All Big 10

Cedric

Ogbuehi

T

Texas A&M

2013 3rd Team Pre Season All American

Zack

Orr

LB

North Texas

2012 2nd Team All Sun Belt

Alex

Page

DE

South Alabama

2012 2nd Team All Sun Belt

Hayes

Pullard

LB

USC

2012 Hon Mention All Pac 12, 2011 Freshman All American

Travis

Raciti

DT

San Jose State

2012 All WAC, 52 Tackles

Antonio

Richardson

T

Tennessee

2012 2nd Team All SEC

Cyril

Richardson

G

Baylor

2012 2nd Team All American, 2012 Big 12 Lineman of the Year,

Weston

Richburg

C

Colorado State

2010, 2012 Honorable Mention All Mountain West

Jake

Ryan

LB

Michigan

2012 2nd Team All Big 10

Eric

Schultz

G

Utah State

2012 All WAC, 3 Time Academic All WAC

Tyler

Scott

DE

Northwestern

2012 Honorable Mention All Big 10, Academic All Big 10

Issac

Seumalo

C

Oregon State

2012 Freshman All American, 2012 Honorable Mention All Pac 12

Ryan

Shazier

LB

Ohio State

2012 2nd Team All Big 10

Prince

Shembo

LB

Notre Dame

2012 Honorable Mention All Independent

Shayne

Skov

LB

Stanford

2010, 2012 Hon Mention All Pac 12

Jeremiah

Sirles

T

Nebraska

2012 2nd Team All Big 10, 2010 2nd Team Freshman All American

Yawin

Smallwood

LB

Connecticut

2012 All Big East

Chris

Smith

DE

Arkansas

2012 Honorable Mention All SEC

Keith

Smith

LB

San Jose State

2012 All WAC

Anthony

Steen

G

Alabama

2013 3rd Team Pre Season All American

Xavier

Su'a-Filo

G

UCLA

2012 3rd Team All American, 2012 All Pac 12

Will

Sutton

DT

Arizona State

2012 All American

Travis

Swanson

C

Arkansas

2012 Second Team All SEC

Brandon

Thomas

T

Clemson

2012 2nd Team All ACC

Stephon

Tuitt

DE

Notre Dame

2012 2nd Team All American, 2012 All Independent

Jack

Tyler

LB

Virginia Tech

2012 All ACC

John

Urschel

G

Penn State

2012 All Big 10, 2012 Academic All American

Kyle

Van Noy

LB

BYU

2012 3rd Team All American, 2012 All Independent

Brandon

Vitabile

C

Northwestern

2 Time Academic All Big 10

Mason

Walters

G

Texas

2012 Honorable Mention All Big 12, 2011 2nd Team All Big 12

Austin

Wentworth

T

Fresno State

2012 All Mountain West

David

Yankey

T

Stanford

2012 All American, 2012 All Pac 12

On the defensive side, we'll consider Jadeveon Clowney, Jackson Jeffcoat, Will Sutton, Louis Nix III, Anthony Barr, C.J. Mosley, and Kyle Van Noy the favorites, as they made SB Nation's preseason All-America first team.

While offensive linemen are eligible, in recent history, the Lombardi Award has been almost exclusively given to defensive players. The last 16 winners have played defense, with the last offensive lineman to garner the honor coming when Ohio State's Orlando Pace won it in 1995 and '96. In 2012, the committee gave the award to Notre Dame linebacker Manti Te'o. The last defensive lineman to win was Auburn's Nick Fairley in 2010.

Ohio State leads the way with six winners all time, edging out Nebraska and Notre Dame, who have five each. Four other schools -- Oklahoma and Texas with three, Auburn and Florida State with two -- can claim multiple Lombardi winners.

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