Graham, Molk, Schilling Named to Lombardi Award Watch List
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HOUSTON, Texas -- Three members of the University of Michigan football team have been named to the watch list for the 40th annual Rotary Lombardi Award presented annually to the top college football lineman -- offense or defense -- who, in addition to outstanding performance and ability, best exemplifies the discipline of Vince Lombardi. Senior defensive end Brandon Graham(Detroit, Mich./Crockett Technical HS) and junior/sophomore offensive lineman David Molk(Lemont, Ill./Lemont Township HS) and senior/junior offensive lineman Stephen Schilling(Bellevue, Wash./Bellevue HS) were among the 153 players selected to the watch list for one of the nation's most prestigious awards.

A preseason All-America candidate, Graham adds the selection to the Lombardi Award watch list to his previous selections to the watch lists for the Bednarik (defensive player of the year), Ted Hendricks Award (top defensive end) and Ronnie Lott Trophy (top defensive impact player). Graham was named the Bo Schembechler Most Valuable Player of the 2008 U-M football team after finishing second nationally in tackles for loss and tied for seventh in sacks. He is tied for eighth in career sacks at Michigan.

Molk, a candidate for the Rimington Trophy, is one of 14 centers named to the Lombardi Award watch list. He started all 12 games last season and took every snap at center during his initial season as a starter. Molk received the Iron Wolverine Award as the best all-around conditioned player from the linemen group after 2008 spring drills. He holds seven of the eight strength and conditioning records for offensive linemen.

Schilling enters his third season as a starter and is the team's active career leader in starts (24). He is moving to left guard after starting the past two seasons at right tackle. Schilling started 22 career games at right tackle and made two starts at right guard during the 2007 season.

The watch list will be trimmed to 12 semifinalists on Oct. 14. Four finalists will be named on Nov. 11 and all four finalists will travel to Houston for the ceremony announcing the winner Dec. 9 at the Hilton Americas.

Former U-M defensive end and current Pittsburgh Steelers standout LaMarr Woodley (2003-06) won the school's only Lombardi Award in 2006.

Media Contact: David Ablauf (734) 763-4423


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