Navy LB Johnson named to Lombardi Award Watch List

July 15, 2014 | WNST Staff

Senior Outside Linebacker Chris Johnson Named To The Lombardi Award Watch List

ANNAPOLIS, Md.—Senior outside linebacker Chris Johnson has been named to the Lombardi Award Watch List.

To be considered for the Rotary Lombardi Award players must be a Division I college football team member and meet the following qualifications:

• Be a down lineman, end-to-end, either on offense or defense, setting up no farther than 10 yards to the left or right of the ball at the time of snap.

• Be a linebacker on defense, setting up no farther than five yards deep from the line of scrimmage.

• May not come out of the offensive backfield and set up on the line of scrimmage as a blocker or receiver, or be listed as a back or receiver.

• Shows leadership, courage, desire, respect for authority and discipline.

The voting electorate is made up of the head coaches from all Division I schools, sports media personnel from across the country and former winners and finalists of the Rotary Lombardi Award. Currently the total number of voters is approximately 300.

Players that are All-American and All-Conference as voted by the coaches and that meet the criteria for the award are placed on the preliminary Rotary Lombardi Award Watch list.

The Rotary Lombardi Award Watch List is a reference tool for the Selection Committee. It will be periodically revised until the first round of voting is completed.

The first round of voting determines the 12 semi-finalists. The second round of voting will determine the four finalists. The final round of voting will determine the winner of The 45th Rotary Lombardi Award, which will be announced live on Wednesday, December 10, 2014 at the Bayou Music Center in Houston, TX.

Johnson had a standout junior campaign after missing all of his sophomore year with a torn ACL.  A starter in all 13 games, he was an Honorable Mention FBS All-Independent selection.  Johnson was Navy’s third leading tackler in 2013 with 84 stops, including three tackles for a loss. Johnson also tied for the team-lead in interceptions with three, recovered a team-best two fumbles and broke up three passes.

The Navy football team finished the 2013 campaign with a 9-4 record, won the Commander-In-Chief’s Trophy for the ninth time in the last 11 years, qualified for a bowl game for the 10th time in the last 11 years, won a bowl game for just the eighth time in school history and defeated Army for a series-record 12th-consecutive year. The 2013 team is just the fifth in Navy’s 132-year history of playing football to win at least nine games in a season, beat Army and win a bowl game joining the 1957, 1978, 2004 and 2009 squads.

Navy kicks off the 2014 campaign on August 30th against national title contender Ohio State. The team reports for camp onWednesday, July 30, the first practice is Thursday, July 31 and Media Day/Fan Fest is Saturday, August 2.

Season and single-game tickets are still on sale by going to navysports.com (click on this link for the direct link: http://bit.ly/LNw2FX), by calling 1-800-US4-NAVY or at the ticket office in Ricketts Hall. Navy has sold out its allotment of Army-Navy tickets.

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