Alex Mack on Rotary Lombardi Award Watch List
March 20, 2007
BERKELEY - Junior offensive lineman Alex Mack of the California football team was selected to the preliminary watch list for the Rotary Lombardi Award, presented by Wachovia Bank on Tuesday. Mack joins 42 other players from around the country on the watch list. Last season, Michigan defensive end LaMarr Woodley won the 37th annual award.
This year's presentation ceremony, marking the 38th year of raising funds for the American Cancer Society while honoring college football's best lineman, will be held at the Hilton Americas Hotel in Houston on December 5, 2007.
The Rotary Lombardi Award is the first national award to release a Watch List for 2007. Last year, the Bears had six players listed on watch lists for nine different awards. Cal players were further recognized as semifinalists for eight of those national honors.
Mack (Santa Barbara) garnered first-team All-Pac-10 honors last season after starting all 13 games at the center position. He was a second team Pac-10 All-Academic selection and was voted the team's Most Improved Offensive Lineman. Mack finished the 2006 regular season with team-highs of 25.5 pancakes and 57.5 knockdowns. He was named to ESPN.com's All-Bowl team after helping the Bears spring two running backs for 100-yard games and not allowing a sack in the Holiday Bowl win over Texas A&M.
The 43 preliminary candidates earned a place on the initial watch list by earning All-America honors or by being named to their respective all-conference team as selected by the conference's head coaches. The Rotary Lombardi Award Watch List will be updated prior to the start of the 2007 season in order to identify those players who have been selected as pre-season honors candidates.
Eligibility for the Rotary Lombardi Award is limited to down linemen and those defensive players who line up within five yards of the football. While the Watch List highlights players who have already received national recognition, any Division I player who meets the position requirements is eligible for consideration from the Rotary Lombardi Selection Committee. This committee is comprised of more than 500 members, including all past finalists, all Division I head coaches and a panel of sportswriters and broadcasters. The Rotary Lombardi Watch List, intended as a reference tool for the Selection Committee, will be periodically updated and revised through the conclusion of the voting to determine the 12 Semifinalists for 2007.
The Pac-10 Conference boasts the most players with seven on the list, followed by the SEC with six, the Big East with five and the ACC and Mountain West conferences with four each. Conferences with three players each are the Big 12, Conference USA, MAC, Sun Belt and WAC. The Big 10 rounds out the list with two players.