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Ron Stone Jr. Named to Rotary Lombardi Award Watch List

Aug 1, 2022

HOUSTON, Texas (August 1, 2022) – Washington State EDGE Ron Stone Jr. was named to the 2022 Rotary Lombardi Award Watch List, the Rotary Club of Houston announced Monday.
The Rotary Lombardi Award is presented annually to the college football offensive or defensive lineman, who in the addition to outstanding performance and ability, best exemplifies the character and discipline of the NFL Hall of Fame Head Coach Vince Lombardi. Stone Jr. is the first Cougar to be named to the Rotary Lombardi Award Watch List since Hercules Mata'afa prior to the 2016 season and was among the nominees in 2017.  
Stone Jr. earned his first career All-Pac-12 Conference honor last season after making 11.5 tackles-for-loss, tied for fourth in the conference, and tied for eighth in the league with five sacks. The redshirt-senior from San Jose, Calif. recorded a tackle-for-loss in eight games in 2021, including a season-high three at Utah and tallied a sack in four-straight games, helping WSU to three-straight wins during that stretch.
This summer, Stone Jr. has been named to the Preseason All-Pac-12 First Team, the Bronko Nagurski Trophy Watch List, given to the college football Defensive Player of the Year and the Bednarik Award Watch List, given to the outstanding defensive player in college football.
This year's watch list is filled with talent from a multitude of schools and conferences, which should make for an exciting voting process. To be considered for the Rotary Lombardi Award®, players must be a NCAA FBS College Football team member and meet the following qualifications:

  • Be a down Lineman, end to end, either on offense or defense, setting up no further than ten (10) yards to the left or right of the ball at the time of the snap.
  • Be a Linebacker on defense, setting up no further than five (5) yards deep from the line of scrimmage. 
  • Must not come out of the offensive backfield and set up on the line of scrimmage as a Blocker or a Receiver or listed in the program as an Offensive Back or Receiver.
  • Be eligible to participate in the current season.

The voting process will follow this schedule. 

  • November 1 – 8, 2022: Vote to determine Semi-finalists
  • November 10, 2022: Semi-finalists announcement
  • November 11 – 21, 2022: Vote to determine Four Finalists
  • November 23, 2022: Four Finalists announcement
  • November 23 – December 5, 2022: Final vote to determine winner
  • December 7, 2022: Rotary Lombardi Award® Winner announced

A mid-season watch list will be released on Oct 15 to reflect any updates to the current list.
The 2022 Rotary Lombardi Award® watchlist is compiled by a subcommittee of the Rotary Lombardi Award® committee and included SID submissions. Players were selected based on their past performance and expectations for the upcoming 2022 college football season. To be considered for the watchlist, players must also have started at least one game at an NCAA Division 1 college or university.
Just weeks after Coach Vince Lombardi's 1970 death from colon cancer, the Rotary Club of Houston was authorized by Lombardi's widow, Marie, to establish the Rotary Lombardi Award®. As stipulated by Mrs. Lombardi, net proceeds from the Award's activities are contributed to Cancer Research and specifically the American Cancer Society's programs