July 12, 2011
ANN ARBOR, Mich. -- University of Michigan football senior linemen Mike Martin (Redford, Mich./Catholic Central) and David Molk (Lemont, Ill./Lemont Township HS) have been named to the 2011 Rotary Lombardi Award Watch List, the selection committee announced Tuesday (July 12). It marks the 42nd season the award has named the nation's College Lineman of the Year.
Martin and Molk are two of 125 players named to the list, which includes 16 Big Ten candidates. The winner will be named on Dec. 6-7, 2011, at Reliant Center in Houston, Texas.
A All-Big Ten second team choice by the league's coaches as a junior, Martin had 37 tackles and 2.5 sacks in 12 starts at defensive tackle in 2010. Molk started 13 games at center in 2010 and was selected to the All-Big Ten first team by the conference's coaches.
Eligibility for the Rotary Lombardi Award is limited to down linemen, end-to-end, either on offense of defense, who set up no farther than 10 yards to the left or right of the ball, and linebackers who set up no farther than five yards deep from the line of scrimmage. The candidates earned a place on the Official Watch List by earning All-America honors last season, by being named to their respective all-conference first team last season as selected by the conference's head coaches, by being projected to be an All-American or first team all-conference player for the coming season, or by nomination approved by the nominations committee.
The Rotary Lombardi Award is part of the National College Football Awards Association (NCFAA). Of the 21 NCFAA awards, 15 choose a preseason watch list. These lists are being released over a 13-day span from July 5-18.
Martin previously was named to the Bednarik Award Watch List.
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