Patrick Chiesa

Two Buckeyes Make Lombardi Award Watch List

by Patrick Chiesa on July 14, 2014 at 3:55 am

The watch list for the Lombardi Award–given to the top college lineman or linebacker–was announced today, and two Buckeyes made the cut.

Senior defensive tackle Michael Bennett and sophomore defensive end Joey Bosa joined 121 other players on the list.

Bennett earned second-team all-Big Ten honors for his performance in the 2013 season, finishing his junior year with 42 tackles and 7 sacks.

Bosa is coming off a huge freshman season in which he was named a freshman All-American by The Sporting News and College Football News. Bosa earned honorable mention all-Big Ten honors after finishing with 44 tackles for the Bucks, including 13.5 tackles for a loss.

Both Bennett and Bosa were also named to watch lists for the Bednarik Award and Bronko Nagurski Trophy. Bennett also made the watch list for the Outland Trophy.