Shaun Cody Named A Lombardi Award Semifinalist

Oct. 19, 2004

USC senior defensive tackle Shaun Cody has been named one of 12 semifinalists for the Lombardi Award, presented to the nation's top collegiate lineman.

Cody, a 4-year starter who was a pre-season All-American, has 20 tackles in 2004, including 7 for losses (with 6 sacks), as well as a forced fumble and a blocked field goal.

Joining Cody as semifinalists are Georgia's David Pollack, Oklahoma's Jamal Brown and Dan Cody, Virginia's Elton Brown, Minnesota's Greg Eslinger, Marshall's Jonathan Goddard, UCLA's Spencer Havner, Ohio State's A.J. Hawk, Wisconsin's Erasmus James, Texas' Derrick Johnson and LSU's Marcus Spears.

The semifinalists were selected by the nearly 500 members of the Rotary Lombardi Award selection committee.

The 2004 Lombardi Award winner will be announced at the conclusion of the 35th anniversary Rotary Lombardi Award Dinner, which will be held on Dec. 8 at the Hilton Americas Hotel in Houston. Since its inception in 1971, the Rotary Lombardi Award has raised over $3 million for the American Cancer Society.

The list of 12 semifinalists will be cut down to four finalists during the next round of voting, which will begin on Oct. 25. The four finalists will be announced on Nov. 9.

Brad Budde won USC's only Lombardi Award in 1979.

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