2001 Pre-Season Football Update
Aug. 24, 2001
Houston, Texas - Stanford University seniors Eric Heitmann (Katy, TX/Katy HS) and Coy Wire (Camp Hill, PA/Cedar Cliff HS) have been named to the 'Watch List' for the prestigious Rotary Lombardi Award which is given to the best lineman/linebacker in the nation.
The list of 81 players was released on Friday, and will be narrowed to 12 semifinalists later in the 2001 campaign. Eligibility for the Rotary Lombardi Award is limited to down linemen and those defenders who line up within five yards of the football.
Heitmann was a Second Team All-Pacific-10 Conference selection in 2000, and is a 2001 First Team Preseason All-American. Heitmann is a three-year letter-winner and two-year starter at right guard. He has started each of Stanford's last 23 games.
Wire has played on the defensive side of the ball for just one season, but has already made a huge impact. Despite moving from running back to inside linebacker just prior to the 2000 campaign, the fifth-year senior led the team in tackles with 81 and was also among the conference leaders in tackles-for-loss (14) and quarterback sacks (8). He is the only player in the modern history of Stanford football to have led the team in rushing (298 yards, 1998) and tackles. Earlier this month, Wire was chosen by Mel Kuiper as the 30th best player in the nation.
Last season, Stanford defensive lineman Willie Howard was named as one of the 12 semifinalists.