Missouri football defensive ends on watch list for Lombardi Award

Wednesday, July 13, 2011 | 1:39 p.m. CDT; updated 5:26 p.m. CDT, Tuesday, July 19, 2011

COLUMBIA — Both of Missouri football’s projected starting defensive ends were named to the 2011 Rotary Lombardi Award’s preseason watch list. The award is given to the top down lineman in college football.

For Jacquies Smith, a senior from Dallas, the nomination comes on the heels of his 2010 season, when he was a Second-Team All-Big 12 selection by racking up 10 tackles for loss and 5 1/2 sacks. He also forced two fumbles.

Preaseason Award Candidates

  • Michael Egnew (Senior, TE) — Mackey Award
  • Zaviar Gooden (Junior, LB) — Bednarik Award, Nagurski Trophy
  • Brad Madison (Junior, DE) — Nagurski Trophy, Lombardi Award
  • T.J. Moe (Junior, WR) — Biletnikoff Award
  • Dan Hoch (Senior, OL) — Outland Trophy
  • Grant Ressel (Senior, K) — Lou Groza Award
  • Jacquies Smith (Senior, DE) — Lombardi Award

Brad Madison’s nomination for the Lombardi Award comes a week after he was named to the Nagurski Award’s watch list. The junior from Bethany led MU in tackles for loss with 11 and sacks with 7 1/2, while also earning a Second-Team All-Big 12 selection.

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