BOISE, Idaho –
Boise State offensive linemen Thomas Byrd and Nate Potter and defensive linemen Shea McClellin and Billy Winn were each named to the 42nd Annual Rotary Lombardi Award Watch List, awarded annually to the top lineman in the Football Bowl Subdivision.
There were nine student-athletes from the Mountain West named to the 125-player list.
Byrd, a redshirt senior center from San Pablo, Calif., is a three-year starter at center for the Broncos. Already named a candidate for the Rimington Trophy, awarded annually to the nation’s top center, Byrd was named first-team All-Western Athletic Conference this past season after starting each of the team’s 13 games.
Potter, a graduate of Timberline High School in Boise, has already been named to the Outland Trophy Watch List, awarded annually to the nation’s top interior lineman, in addition to being named first-team Preseason All-America by Athlon Sports, Lindy’s Sports and Phil Steele. The redshirt senior has started 21-consecutive games at left tackle dating back to his sophomore season, garnering first-team All-WAC honors in each of the last two years.
McClellin, a senior defensive end from Caldwell, Idaho (Marsing HS), garnered Preseason All-America Second Team honors from Athlon Sports earlier this summer. He started each of the Broncos’ 13 games in 2010, running his streak of consecutive starts to 24. He registered 13.5 tackles-for-loss last season, tying for the team high. He also ranked 22nd-nationally in sacks, leading the team with 9.5.
Winn, a redshirt senior defensive tackle from Las Vegas, Nev. (Las Vegas HS), has already been named to the Bronko Nagurski Award, the Lott IMPACT Trophy and the Bednarik Award Watch Lists, each of which is awarded annually to the nation’s top defensive player, in addition to being named to the Outland Trophy Watch List. He has also been named first-team Preseason All-America by Athlon Sports and second-team Preseason All-America by both Lindy’s Sports and Phil Steele.
Eligibility for the Rotary Lombardi Award is limited to down linemen, end-to-end, either on offense or defense, who set up no farther than 10 yards to the left or right of the ball, or linebackers who set up no farther than five yards deep from the line of scrimmage.
The Rotary Lombardi Award Watch List will be periodically updated and revised up to the first round of voting to determine the 12 semifinalists for 2011. The 42nd Rotary Lombardi Award will be held Dec. 6-7, 2011 at Reliant Center in Houston, Texas.