Already: Selvie on '08 Lombardi watch list
Can it possibly be that 2008 football awards are already putting out watch lists? It's still five months before teams start practicing, but we can officially start up the 2008 Watch List Watch List: Defensive end George Selvie is among 54 players on the watch list for the Lombardi Award.
Selvie, who led the nation in tackles for loss and was a consensus first-team All-America as a sophomore, will go up against last year's winner, Ohio State linebacker James Laurinaitis, as well as two other '07 semifinalists, Cal offensive lineman Alex Mack and Oklahoma offensive lineman Duke Robinson.
Four other Big East players are on the list: Pittsburgh linebacker Scott McKillop, Cincinnati defensive tackle Terrill Byrd, Louisville center Eric Wood and West Virginia offensive lineman Greg Isdaner. The other players from Florida are Florida Atlantic tight end Jason Harmon (don't even get me started on the weird position eligibility requirements for this honor) and Florida linebacker Brandon Spikes.
This isn't a subjective list, so much as a compilation of returning all-conference selections and leftovers from last year's watch list. I'm not even sure where we're supposed to watch them. Spring ball? It's a "Try To Remember Later This Year To Watch List." And yet I post the blog, so I'm validating it. Arggh.