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Penn State Football: Barkley Added To Lombardi Award Watch List

by on August 25, 2016 5:10 PM

You may have heard but everyone is jumping on the Saquon Barkley bandwagon as the sophomore running back was added to one final watch list on Thursday afternoon.

One of 158 players Barkley saw his name added to candidates for the Rotary Lombardi Award given to a player who demonstrates outstanding performance and skill in offensive or defensive positions and best exemplifies the discipline, virtue and wisdom that defined Vincent Lombardi’s exceptional brand of leadership.

Former Nittany Lion Carl Nassib won the award in 2015 and Penn Stater Bruce Clark claimed the honor in 1978.

Barkley has also been named to the Maxwell Award (National Player of the Year) and Doak Walker Award (nation’s top running back) watch lists. He was also named to the Big Ten preseason honors list.

The Rotary Lombardi Award began in 1970 by the Rotary Club of Houston to honor NFL coach Vince Lombardi and to recognize outstanding college football lineman. The award began as recognition to only interior line positions that Vince Lombardi played while an undergraduate at Fordham University (offensive and defensive guard), and later expanded to include linebackers and tight ends, with the addition of including non-performance values: leadership, courage, desire, respect for authority, and discipline.

The 47th Annual Rotary Lombardi Award continues the evolvement of the Lombardi legacy by now expanding the eligibility of the award to all player positions that are outstanding performers and exhibit great leadership attributes. Following the preliminary watch list, a nomination period will open to the internal selection committee to add additional players who meet the skill and leadership standards set forth for the Rotary Lombardi Award.


Ben Jones covers Penn State football and basketball for He's on Twitter as @Ben_Jones88.
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