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Auburn's Carl Lawson, Montravius Adams on Lombardi Top 20
Auburn's Carl Lawson, left, and Montravius Adams take down Georgia's Jacob Eason
Nov. 15, 2016

By Charles Goldberg
AuburnTigers.com

AUBURN, Ala. -- Auburn defensive linemen Carl Lawson and Montravius Adams are among the Top 20 players in line for the Lombardi Award, which goes to college football's top player who exemplifies football skills and "discipline, virtue and wisdom."

The Lombardi Award announced its Top 20 players Tuesday.

Lawson leads Auburn with 13 tackles for a loss, including a team-best 9½ sacks. Adams' 34 tackles are more than any Auburn lineman. He has eight tackles for a loss and four sacks.

Lawson needs three sacks to pass Nick Fairley for the school's single-season sack record.

"Carl has been one of our top players and one of the best players in college football," said Auburn coach Gus Malzahn on Tuesday. "He has stayed healthy this year and has been a big-time impact player. It wouldn't surprise me at all if he accomplishes that."

Malzahn said Adams is "a different player this year."

"He was a really good player before, but he' really raised his level. He's becoming a man. He's growing up. He's more mature with his approach to practice and games. He's one of our best players. He's an impact player."

Five of the Top 20 players up for the Lombardi Award will meet on Nov. 26 in Tuscaloosa when Auburn visits Alabama. Auburn has already played Top 20 players from Clemson, Ole Miss and Texas A&M.

The Lombardi Award honored the nation's top college lineman from 1970-2015. The award expanded its reach to players at any position this season. The award committee said the winner should "exemplify the discipline, virtue and wisdom that defined Vincent Lombardi's exceptional brand of leadership."

The award ceremony is Feb. 11 in Houston.

The Top 20 Rotary Lombardi Award Nominations 


 

 

Name

Position

University

Jonathan Allen

DE

Alabama

Reuben Foster

ILB

Alabama

Cam Robinson

OT

Alabama

Montravius Adams

DT

Auburn

Carl Lawson

DE

Auburn

Christian Wilkins

DT

Clemson

Deshaun Watson

QB

Clemson

Delvin Cook

RB

Florida State

DeMarcus Walker

DE

Florida State

Lamar Jackson

QB

Louisville

Jabrill Peppers

LB/DB

Michigan

JT Barrett

QB

Ohio State

Pat Elflein

C

Ohio State

Evan Engram

TE

Ole Miss

James Connor

RB

Pittsburgh

Ejuan Price

DL

Pittsburgh

Donnell Pumphrey

RB

San Diego State

Derek Barnett

DE

Tennessee

Myles Garrett

DE

Texas A & M 

Jake Browning

QB

Washington

 Charles Goldberg is a Senior Writer at AuburnTigers.com. Follow him on Twitter:

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