Iowa Hawkeye senior defensive end Adam Clayborn today has been named as a semifinalist candidate for the 2010 Rotary Lombardi Award. He is one of 12 finalists for the award, which will be announced on December 8. The award honors the top Division IA college football lineman.
After a stellar 2009 season including MVP honors in the FedEx Orange Bowl, Clayborn considered going to the NFL but decided to stay one more year. It’s been a good 2010 season for him with 33 tackles including six tackles for a loss in seven games, 2.5 quarterback sacks and three quarterback pressures, a blocked field goal attempt in the Michigan game and against Penn State, 10 tackles (three for a loss) and a quarterback sack for minus 15 yards. Clayborn’s play in this game earned him the Big Ten Conference Defensive Player of the Week honor.
And last week against Wisconsin, Clayborn had five tackles and a forced fumble.
Earlier this week, Iowa Hawkeye senior quarterback Ricky Stanzi was named as a semifinalist for the Davey O’Brien Award honoring the nation’s top quarterback. To date, Stanzi’s stats include 99-for-145 passing (68.3 percent), 1,474 pass yards, 13 touchdowns, two interceptions, and a passer rating of 180.5. He’s been honored as the Big Ten Offensive Player of the Week for his efforts in the 38-28 win against Michigan.
The list will be narrowed down to three finalists on November 22 and the winner will be announced December 9. Stanzi joins three of his Big Ten brethren as nominees: MSU’s Kirk Cousins, Michigan’s Denard Robinson and Ohio State’s Terrell Pryor.
And last but not least, Iowa’s senior tight end Allen Reisner was recently named among 22 tight ends in a Midseason Watch List for the John Mackey Award for the most outstanding Tight End in Division 1A football. In 2002, Iowa Hawkeye and now Indianapolis Colt Dallas Clark won the award. This year’s winner will also be announced on December 9.
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Written by Debbie Baratz