Suggs Named One of Twelve Rotary Lombardi Award Semifinalists
Oct. 30, 2002
HOUSTON- Terrell Suggs (Chandler, Ariz.), a defensive end on the No. 16/17 Arizona State football team, has been selected as one of 12 semifinalists for the 2002 Rotary Lombardi Award, the Rotary Lombardi Selection Committee announced Wednesday.
Suggs is joined on the list by fellow defensive ends Jerome McDougle (Miami, Fla.) and Cory Redding (Texas), defensive tackles William Joseph (Miami, Fla.), Tommie Harris (Oklahoma) and Jimmy Kennedy (Penn State), offensive tackle Jon Stinchcomb (Georgia), centers Brett Romberg (Miami, Fla.) and Jeff Faine (Notre Dame) and linebackers Boss Bailey (Georgia), E.J. Henderson (Maryland) and Bradie James (LSU).
Suggs, the Bronko Nagurski National Defensive Player of the Week, has tied the NCAA record for sacks in a season (17.5), including 4.5 last weekend in a win over Washington. Kennedy has already set a career high for tackles (54) and tackles for loss (12) while leading Penn State back to the top of the Big Ten race. Redding, who is vying to become the first Houston-area product to win the Rotary Lombardi Award, leads the Longhorns with 12 tackles for loss, including four sacks.
The anchors of the left side of the Hurricanes' defensive line, Joseph and McDougle were both tabbed for pre-season honors and have lived up to that billing. Joseph is tied for the team lead in tackles for loss (seven), while McDougle is tied for second with four sacks. A three-year starter at center, Romberg has not allowed a sack in his career with the Hurricanes.
Bailey is Georgia's leading tackler this season, racking up 75 stops in the first eight games. Stinchcomb has made 40 career starts for the Bulldogs at offensive tackle and is looking to join his brother Matt as a Lombardi finalist. The last brothers to both earn finalists honors were Tracy (1988) and David (1990) Rocker of Auburn.
Faine has started 30 straight games for the Irish and has been a guiding force in their return to the national spotlight. The lone sophomore in the list of 12, Harris has been a starter for the Sooners since he stepped on campus in the fall of 2001. Henderson led Maryland's remarkable run to the Orange Bowl last season and his headed for his second straight season of more than 100 tackles. James is the leader of LSU's 'James Gang' defense that leads the nation in total defense. He has 100 tackles this season, his third straight year over the century mark.
The 12 semifinalists were selected in a vote of over 400 members of the Rotary Lombardi Selection Committee, which includes all Division I head football coaches, selected sports writers and broadcasters from around the country and the past winners of the award. Voting to determine the four finalists for the 33rd Rotary Lombardi Award will begin this Sunday, November 3 and continue through November 11.