Navy’s Jabaree Tuani On The Initial Watch List for the Lombardi Award
ANNAPOLIS, Md.—Senior defensive end Jabaree Tuani is on the initial watch list for the Rotary Lombardi Award, which is presented to the nation’s most outstanding lineman by the Rotary Club of Houston. This is the 42nd year that the Rotary Lombardi Award has named the nation’s college lineman of the year.
Tuani, who is the defensive captain for the 2011 team, has played in all 40 games over the past three seasons and has started 35 of the past 36 contests. He started all 13 games in 2010 and recorded 72 tackles, including a team-best 15.5 tackles for a loss and 5.5 sacks. The 15.5 tackles were the ninth most in school history. He has recorded 30 tackles for a loss (sixth most in school history) and 10.5 sacks (fifth most in school history) in his career.
Eligibility for the Rotary Lombardi Award is limited to down linemen, end-to-end, either on offense of defense, who set up no farther than 10 yards to the left or right of the ball, and linebackers who set up no father than five yards deep from the line of scrimmage.
The candidates earned a place on the Official Watch List by earning All-American honors last season, by being named to their respective all-conference first team last season as selected by the conference’s head coaches, by being projected to be an All-American or first team all-conference player for the coming season, or by nomination approved by the nominations committee.
The Lombardi Award selection committee is comprised of more than 500 members, including all past winners and finalists, all Division IA head coaches and a panel of sportswriters and broadcasters.
The Rotary Lombardi Award Watch List, intended as a reference tool for the Selection Committee, will be periodically updated and revised up to the first round of voting to determine the 12 Semifinalists for 2011.
The 42nd Rotary Lombardi Award will be held on December 6-7 at Reliant Center in Houston, Texas.