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July 17, 2013
Allen named to Lombardi watch list
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, being named to their respective all-conference teams or receiving 2013 pre-season honors. The Rotary Lombardi Award Watch List will be updated prior to the start of the 2013 season in order to identify other players who have received significant pre-season honors.
Earlier this week, Allen earned preseason All-Sun Belt accolades as the conference released its annual preseason team at Monday's media event. The Cedar Hill, Texas, native started all 13 games at center last year and was part of an offensive line that helped ULM out-gain No. 8 Arkansas 550 to 377 yards. Allen anchored an offensive line that guided the Warhawks to 500 or more yard of offense in four of first five games (Arkansas, Baylor, Tulane and Middle Tennessee), including 262 rushing yards against Baylor. He also helped create space for 516 yards of offense against North Texas.
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 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 2013.
The 44th Rotary Lombardi Award will be held on December 11, 2013 at the Wortham Center in Houston, Texas. For more information on the schedule of events, please visit
The Rotary Lombardi Award is a member of the National College Football Awards Association (NCFAA), which encompasses the most prestigious awards in college football. The 21 awards boast 678 years of tradition-selection excellence.