Waddle Adds Lombardi Award To Growing Preseason List

LaAdrian Waddle is a preseason candidate for the Lombardi Award.

July 17, 2012

Senior offensive lineman LaAdrian Waddle can add candidacy for the Lombardi Award to his growing list of preseason honors.

Waddle, a 6-foot-6, 318 pound three-year letterman at left tackle, is one of 145 players across the country that have been named to the prestigious Lombardi Award watch list that recognizes the nation's top college lineman or linebacker. He is one of 17 players from the Big 12 Conference to earn this preseason recognition from the Rotary Club of Houston.

Waddle was named All-Big 12 second team by both the Big 12 coaches and by the Associated Press. Overall, Waddle was named All-Big 12 by eight publications last season, including San Antonio Express, Columbia Tribune, Kansas City Star, Dallas Morning News and the Waco Tribune-Herald.

Waddle earned All-Big 12 honorable mention as a sophomore in 2010.

He has started 27 games in his Texas Tech career and enters his senior season in 2012 with 25 consecutive starts on the Red Raider offensive line. His 25 straight starts - spanning each of the past two seasons - is tied for the longest among active players on the Tech 2012 roster (OL Deveric Gallington).

Eligibility for the Rotary Lombardi Award is limited to: 1) offensive or defensive end-to-end down linemen who set up no farther than 10 yards to the left or right of the ball and 2) linebackers who set up no farther than five yards deep from the line of scrimmage. All candidates must be eligible to play college sports under the rules and regulations of the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA).

The candidates earned a place on the Official Watch List by: earning All-American honors last season; being named last season to their respective all-conference first team as determined by the conference's head coaches; 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.

While the Watch List highlights those players who have already received national recognition, any Division IA player who meets the above requirements is eligible for consideration from the Rotary Lombardi Award Selection Committee. The committee is comprised of more than 500 members, including all past winners and finalists, all Division IA head coaches, and a panel of sportswriters and broadcasters.

The Rotary Lombardi Award Watch List is a reference tool for the Selection Committee. It will be periodically revised until the first round of voting is completed. The first round of voting determines the Top 25 Quarter finalists for 2012. The second round of voting will determine the final 7 semi-finalists or "Seven Blocks of Granite". The third round of voting will determine the "four- finalists from the "Seven Blocks of Granite". The fourth and final round of voting will determine the winner of The 43rd Rotary Lombardi Award which will be announced on national television live in "prime-time" 8-9 PM (CST) Wednesday, December 5, 2012 at The Hobby Center in Houston, TX (network to be determined).

Last year's 2011 Rotary Lombardi Award winner, Luke Kuechly (LB-Boston College) was drafted by the Carolina Panthers of the National Football League (NFL). He was selected by the Panthers with the 9th overall pick of the first round of the 2012 NFL Draft.




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