Tripplett Named to 2001 Rotary Lombardi Semifinalist List

Oct. 30, 2001

SEATTLE, Wash. - Washington senior defensive tackle Larry Tripplett is one of 12 semifinalists for the 2001 Rotary Lombardi Award, announced today in Houston. The award honors the nation's top collegiate lineman.

Tripplett, a preseason All-American, leads the 11th-ranked Huskies in tackles for loss with 10 in just seven games, helping Washington to a 6-1 record. He has amassed 24 tackles and two sacks this season, despite drawing numerous double-teams from opposing offensive lines. Against Idaho, Tripplett blocked a first-quarter field goal attempt that was returned for a touchdown, his fourth blocked kick in the past two seasons.

Joining Tripplett as Lombardi semifinalists are offensive tackles Bryant McKinnie and Joaquin Gonzalez of top-ranked Miami, guard Toniu Fonoti of second-ranked Nebraska, linebacker Rocky Calmus of Oklahoma, defensive end Alex Brown of Florida, defensive tackle Wendell Bryant of Wisconsin, defensive end Kalimba Edwards of South Carolina, defensive end Dwight Freeney of Syracuse, defensive tackle John Henderson of Tennessee, defensive end Julius Peppers of North Carolina, and linebacker Robert Thomas of UCLA.

This year's list features nine defensive players, and three from the offensive side of the ball. Jamal Reynolds of Florida State was the 2000 Rotary Lombardi winner, earning the nod over offensive linemen Ben Hamilton of Minnesota, Steve Hutchinson of Michigan and Dominic Raiola of Nebraska.

The four Finalists for the 2001 Rotary Lombardi Award will be announced the week of November 11 after a second round of voting among nearly 300 members of the selection committee made up of sportswriters, broadcasters and Division I head coaches from around the country.

The four Finalists and their head coaches will be flown to Houston on December 4 for a myriad of activities, which include visits to local hospitals and area youth groups. The culmination of their activities in Houston will be the black tie dinner at the J.W. Marriott Hotel on December 5, where the 32nd recipient of The Rotary Lombardi Award will be revealed. Dom Capers, head coach of the Houston Texans, will be the featured speaker, while longtime Houston broadcaster Ron Stone will serve as the Master of Ceremonies.

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