Chase Beeler and Jonathan Martin Named to Watch List for 2010 Lombardi Award
April 29, 2010
STANFORD, Calif. - Stanford center Chase Beeler and offensive tackle Jonathan Martin have been named to the Rotary Lombardi Award Watch List, which was released by the award's committee today in Houston, Tex.
Eligibility for the Rotary Lombardi Award is limited to down linemen, end-to-end, either on offense or defense, who set up no farther than 10 yards to the left or right of the ball, or linebackers who set up no farther than five yards deep from the line of scrimmage.
The candidates earned a place on the preliminary watch list by earning All-American honors or by being named to their respective all-conference first team as selected by the conference's head coaches. The Rotary Lombardi Award Watch List will be updated prior to the start of the 2010 season in order to identify those players who have been selected as pre-season honors candidates.
Beeler started all 13 games at center for the Cardinal last season on an offensive line that allowed the second fewest sacks in the nation and paved the way for a school-record rushing attack, headed up by Doak Walker Award winner Toby Gerhart.
As the left tackle, Martin protected quarterback Andrew Luck's blind side and was instrumental in Luck compiling the highest passing efficiency rating in the conference.
While the Watch List highlights those players who have already received national recognition, any Division 1 player who meets the requirements is eligible for consideration from the Rotary Lombardi Selection Committee. This committee is comprised of more than 500 members, including all past winners and finalists, all Division 1-A 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 2010.
Last year's Rotary Lombardi Award winner, Ndamukong Suh (Nebraska) was picked up by the Detroit Lions and Finalist Gerald McCoy (OU) by Tampa Bay Buccaneers in the First Round of the NFL Draft.
The 41st Rotary Lombardi Award will be held on December 7- 8, 2010 at the George R. Brown Convention Center in Houston, Texas. For more information on the two-day schedule of events, please visit www.rotarylombardiaward.org.