HOUSTON -- ULM
senior offensive lineman Josh Allen has been named to the Rotary
Lombardi Award preliminary 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
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
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