Reagor Named Rotary Lombardi Semifinalist|
October 10, 1998
HOUSTON, Texas - Texas Tech defensive standout Montae Reagor is one of 12 college football players named to the list of semifinalists for the 1998 Rotary Lombardi Award, announced Saturday in College Station. The 12 semifinalists for the award, which is given annually to the nation's top college lineman, include six offensive and six defensive standouts.
Two star offensive linemen from the Big-13 and two star defensive linemen from the Pac-10 Conference made the initial cut. Representing the offensive side of the football is Arizona State center Grey Ruegamer and UCLA tackle Kris Farris. Texans Reagor and Dat Nguyen, a linebacker from Texas A&M, were also named semifinalists.
Ohio State linebacker Andy Katzenmoyer is one of four Big-10 student-athletes on the list, the most players from any single conference. Other Big-10 players include Iowa defensive tackle Jared DeVries, the only other returning semifinalist from 1997, Wisconsin offensive tackle Aaron Gibson, the nation's largest player at 6-7, 371 pounds, and Michigan offensive tackle Jon Jansen.
The SEC has three players on the list of semifinalists, including a pair of defensive forces from the University of Florida in tackle Ed Chester and linebacker Jevon Kearse. Joining those two is Georgia's offensive tackle Matt Stinchcomb.
Rounding out the list of 12 is a representative from the Western Athletic Conference, Colorado State offensive guard Anthony Cesario. The 29th Annual Rotary Lombardi Award will take place on Tuesday, Dec. 8, 1998 in Houston. Sponsored by the Rotary Club of Houston, the award dinner has raised more than $2.25 million for the American Cancer Society's programs of cancer research since its inception in 1970.
The list of the 12 semifinalists was announced in College Station, Texas, prior to the Texas A&M/Nebraska game. That key Big-12 match-up was an appropriate setting as the 1997 winner of the award, Grant Wistrom, played at Nebraska and Nguyen is a big part of the Aggies' national championship goals.
The 12 semifinalists for the 1998 award will be pared down to four finalists on Saturday, Nov. 7. The four finalists and their head coaches will fly to Houston on Dec. 7 and spend two days in the Space City with a busy agenda which includes visits to local hospitals and area youth clubs. The Rotary Lombardi Award recipient, as chosen by a panel of more than 300 national media members, college football coaches and past winners, will be named at a black-tie dinner at the Hyatt Regency Hotel in downtown Houston on Dec. 8.
To follow the progress of this year's nominees, fans can go online and visit the official Lombardi website at http://chili.collegesportsnews.com/lombardi -- Sections on the website include a history of the award, information on the Rotary Club as well as the charities involved which benefit from the dinner, individual biographies updated weekly on all of the 12 semifinalists, and even a form where people can order tickets to this year's event.
1998 ROTARY LOMBARDI AWARD SEMIFINALISTS Name School Pos. Hgt. Wgt. Cl. Hometown Anthony Cesario Colorado State OG 6-6 310 Sr. Pueblo, CO Ed Chester Florida DT 6-4 285 Sr. Spring Hill, FL Jared DeVries Iowa DT 6-4 284 Sr. Aplington, IA Kris Ferris UCLA OT 6-9 310 Jr. Mission Viejo, CA Aaron Gibson Wisconsin OT 6-7 371 Sr. Indianapolis, IN Jon Jansen Michigan OT 6-7 299 Sr. Clawson, MI Andy Katzenmoyer Ohio State LB 6-4 265 Jr. Westerville, OH Jevon Kearse Florida LB 6-5 254 Jr. Ft. Myers, FL Dat Nguyen Texas A&M LB 5-11 221 Sr. Rockport, TX Montae Reagor Texas Tech DE 6-2 254 Sr. Waxahachie, TX Grey Ruegamer Arizona State C 6-5 304 Sr. Las Vegas, NV Matt Stinchcomb Georgia OT 6-6 290 Sr. Lilbrun, GA
SEMIFINALISTS NOTES: Six of the 12 (Cesario, Ferris, Gibson, Jansen, Ruegamer & Stinchcomb) play on offense and six (Chester, DeVries, Katzenmoyer, Kearse, Nguyen & Reagor) play defense.
Conference breakdown - Big 10 (4), SEC (3), Big-12 & Pac-10 (2), WAC (1)
Nine of the 12 are seniors and three (Farris, Katzenmoyer & Kearse) are juniors.
Katzenmoyer is a returning Rotary Lombardi Award finalist; DeVries is a returning semifinalist.
Three of the 12 (Nguyen, Reagor & Stinchcomb) have been named to the 1998 AFCA Good Works Team in honor of their community involvement.
Five of the 12 (Farris, Gibson, Katzenmoyer, Reagor and Stinchcomb) are
currently (as of 10/10) playing on unbeaten teams, while three others are
playing on nationally-ranked teams with one loss (Chester, Kearse, Nguyen).