Russell Maryland of Miami, Moe Gardner of Illinois, David Rocker of Auburn and Chris Zorich of Notre Dame were named finalists Wednesday for the Lombardi Award, given to the nation's top lineman. All four are defensive players, although offensive linemen also are eligible for the award.
Twelve players were nominated before the season. That list was narrowed to four _ all seniors _ by a nationwide committee of college coaches, sports writers and sportscasters.
The winner will be announced Dec. 6.
Maryland, who had a career-high 20 tackles against Notre Dame two weeks ago, has 64 tackles this season with six sacks.
Gardner was an All-Big Ten selection as a sophomore and junior. Rocker, whose brother Tracy won the Lombardi Award in 1988, anchors Auburn's highly rated defense.
Zorich, who was a Lombardi finalist last year, dislocated his kneecap last Saturday and will not play this week against Navy. In fact, the injury could force Zorich to miss the rest of the season.
LSU not disciplining players for FSU fight
BATON ROUGE, La. _ Louisiana State University announced Wednesday that no players involved in the brawl at the Florida State game will be suspended, despite a longstanding policy against fighting.
LSU disciplined no one for the fight, which cleared the benches Saturday after what was perceived as a late hit on the final play of the lopsided game, which Florida State won 42-3.
"Fault cannot be attributed to just one team or to particular individuals," LSU said in a statement.
The statement, issued after athletic director Joe Dean met with football coach Mike Archer and basketball coach Dale Brown, warned that players "who flagrantly and deliberately initiate or escalate a fighting incident" can be suspended.
Saturday's melee started with a whistle on Florida State linebacker Kirk Carruthers, who hit LSU quarterback Jesse Daigle as he scrambled out of bounds. LSU guard Darron Landry then hit Carruthers. The fight involved almost everybody on both teams.
Like LSU officials, FSU coach Bobby Bowden said he did not hold any particular player responsible.