USF's Selvie named as Lombardi semifinalist
Despite a slow start hampered recently by an ankle injury, USF defensive end George Selvie is one of 12 semifinalists for the Lombardi Award, which honors college football's top lineman or linebacker.
Selvie, who led the nation in tackles for loss and was second in sacks last season, has seen his numbers drop off considerably this year as he faces consistent double-teams from opposing offenses.
Selvie is the only semifinalist from the Big East; Florida linebacker Brandon Spikes, one of five linebackers in the 12, is the only other state player among the semifinalists. Selvie is also one of four players who were semfinalists last season, with Ohio State linebacker James Laurinaitis, Oklahoma offensive lineman Duke Robinson and California offensive lineman Alex Mack.