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I've spent a fair amount of space here making fun of the Watch Lists for college football's various honors, and I actually have a ballot for the Lombardi Award, which is presented each year to the top lineman (offense or defense) in college football.

So I'm looking at an e-mail today asking for my four nominees to be included among 12 semifinalists, with a due date of Oct. 15. We're asked to choose those four from the Lombardi watch list, which has been bloated up to 108 names. And USF sophomore defensive end George Selvie, leading the nation in sacks and tackles for losses, isn't among the 108 names to watch.

I was thinking Selvie was a worthy nominee to be among the semifinalists, being the best linemen from a team now ranked in the top 10, but he's currently not an option. So I've sent an e-mail to the Lombardi folks to see if he can be added to the Watch List -- again, they're not exactly selective, and his statistics are impressive enough where I feel like I'm simply pointing out an obvious oversight.

The award is pretty wide-open, as all 12 of last year's semifinalists aren't back this season. It'll be hard for Selvie to compete with LSU's Glenn Dorsey or Ohio State's James Laurinitis (linebackers are eligible if they typically line up on the line of scrimmage), but there's precedent for a late addition making a splash. As recently as 2005, Louisville's Elvis Dumervil wasn't included on the initial watch list and went on to be one of four finalists, losing out to Ohio State's A.J. Hawk. ...

[Last modified: Thursday, May 27, 2010 11:41am]


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