Hekking on Lombardi Award Watch List

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RENO, Nev. – Nevada defensive end Brock Hekking has been named to the 2014 Rotary Lombardi Award Watch List, the Rotary Lombardi Award committee announced today.

Hekking, a 6-foot-4, 255-pound senior from Vacaville, Calif., is a two-time All-Mountain West honoree. He is seventh among returning players in career sacks with 17.0. Entering his senior season, he ranks eighth (tackles for loss, 24.5) and sixth (sacks, 17.0) on Nevada’s career charts.

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 candidates earned a place on the preliminary watch list by earning All-American honors, being named to their respective all-conference teams or receiving 2014 pre-season honors. The Rotary Lombardi Award Watch List will be updated prior to the start of the 2014 season in order to identify other players who have received significant pre-season honors.

Hekking is one of 11 Mountain West players on the initial watch list. He earned first-team All-MW accolades in 2013 and second-team honors as a sophomore in 2012.

While the Watch List highlights those players who have already received national recognition, any Division 1 player who meets the requirements is eligible for consideration from the Rotary Lombardi Selection Committee. This committee is comprised of more than 300 members, including all past winners and finalists, all Division 1 head coaches and a panel of sportswriters and broadcasters.

The Rotary Lombardi Watch List, intended as a reference tool for the Selection Committee, will be periodically updated and revised through the conclusion of the voting to determine the 12 Semifinalists for 2014.

The 45th Rotary Lombardi Award will be held on Wednesday, December 10, 2014 at the Bayou Music Center in Houston, Texas. For more information, visit www.rotarylombardiaward.org.

The full watch list includes:

Henry Anderson, DE, Sr. – Stanford

Stephone Anthony, LB, Sr. – Clemson

Chi Chi Ariguzo, LB, Sr. – Northwestern

T.T. Barber, LB, Jr. - Middle Tennessee State

Jamaal Bass, LB, Sr. – Northern Illinois

Vic Beasley, DE, Sr. – Clemson

Michael Bennett, DT, Sr. – Ohio State

Austin Blythe, C, Jr. – Iowa

Joey Bosa, DE, So. – Ohio State

Brett Boyko, T, Sr. – UNLV

Kelby Brown, LB, Sr. – Duke

Brandin Bryant, DT, Jr. – Florida Atlantic

Shilique Calhoun, DE, Jr. – Michigan State

AJ Cann, G, Sr. – South Carolina

Justin Cherocci, LB, Sr. – Central Michigan

Le’Raven Clark, T, Jr. – Texas Tech

Ben Clarke, C, Jr. – Hawaii

La’El Collins, T, Sr. – LSU

Christian Covington, DT, Jr. – Rice

Carl Davis, DT, Sr. – Iowa

Tyeler Davison, DT, Sr. – Fresno State

Reese Dismukes, C, Sr. – Auburn

Jamil Douglas, G, Sr. – Arizona State

Spencer Drango, T, Jr. – Baylor

Ejiro Ederaine, LB, Jr. – Fresno State

Steve Edmond, LB, Sr. – Texas

Mario Edwards, DE, Jr. – Florida State

Cameron Erving, T, Sr. Florida State

Dominic Espinsoa, C, Sr. – Texas

Kyler Frackrell, LB, Jr. – Utah State

Devonte Fields, DE, So. – TCU

BJ Finney, C, Sr. - Kansas State

Trey Flowers, DE, Sr. – Arkansas

Leonard Floyd, LB, So. – Georgia

Alani Fau, LB, Sr. – BYU

Bryce Giddens, C, Jr. – Arkansas State

Hroniss Grasu, C, Sr. Oregon

Randy Gregory, DE, Jr. – Nebraska

Bryce Hager, LB, Sr. – Baylor

Justin Hamilton, DT, Sr. – UL-Lafayette

Lincoln Hansen, T, Sr. - Eastern Michigan

Rob Havenstein, T, Sr. – Wisconsin

Brock Hekking, DE, Sr. – Nevada

Ben Henney- LB, Sr. – Kansas

Treyvon Hester, DT, So. - Toledo

Sean Hickey, T, Sr. - Syracuse

Jermaine Holmes, LB, Sr. - Marshall

Chucky Hunter, DT, Sr. - TCU

Martin Ifedi, DE, Sr. - Memphis

Scott Inskeep, G, Sr. - UTEP

Myles Jack, LB, So. - UCLA

Tre Jackson, G, Sr. - Florida State

Grady Jarrett, DT, Sr. - Clemson

Chris Jasperse, C, Sr. – Marshall

Cameron Jefferson, G, Sr. - UNLV

Chris Johnson, LB, Sr. - Navy

Kaleb Johnson, G, Sr. - Rutgers

A.J. Johnson, LB, Sr. - Tennessee

Gerrand Johnson, DT, Jr. - UL-Monroe

Tyler Johnstone , T, Jr. - Oregon

Chris Jones, DT, So. - Mississippi State

Bronson Kaufusi, LB, Jr. - BYU

Eric Kendricks, LB, Sr. - UCLA

Andrae Kirk, LB, Sr. - Florida Atlantic

Arie Kouandjio, G, Sr. - Alabama

Qushaun Lee, LB, Sr. - Arkansas State

Cyril Lemon, G, Sr. - North Texas

Braden Lyons, T, Sr. - Florida Atlantic

Luther Maddy, DT, Sr. - Virginia Tech

Derrick Malone, LB, Sr. - Oregon

Greg Mancz, G, Sr. - Toledo

Nick Martin, OL, Sr. - Notre Dame

Shaquille Mason, G, Sr. - Georgia Tech

Tyler Matakevich, LB, Jr . - Temple

Josue Matias, G, Sr. - Florida State

Derrick Mathews, LB, Sr. - Houston

David Mayo, LB, Sr. - Texas State

Benardrick McKinney, LB, Jr. - Mississippi State

Silverberry Mouhon, DE, Jr. - Cincinnati

Ryan Mueller, DE, Sr. - Kansas State

Robert Nkemdiche, DT, So. - Ole Miss

Shawn Oakman, DE, Jr. - Baylor

Cedric Ogbuehi. T, Sr. - Texas A&M

Andrus Peat, T, Jr. - Stanford

Remington Peck, DL, Jr. - BYU

Denzel Perryman, LB, Sr. - Miami

Andy Phillips, G, Sr. - Central Michigan

Terrance Plummer, LB, Sr. - UCF

Hayes Pullard, LB, Sr. - USC

Mykhael Quave, T, Jr. - UL-Lafayette

Daniel Quave, G, Sr. - UL-Lafayette

Cedric Reed, DE, Sr. –Texas

Jacob Richard, C, Jr. - Ball State

Tyler Roberts, DE, Jr. - Troy

A'Shawn Robinson, DE, So. - Alabama

Jake Ryan, LB, Sr. - Michigan

Ty Sambrailo, T, Sr. - Colorado State

Brandon Scherff, T, Sr. - Iowa

Isaac Seumalo, C, Jr. - Oregon State

Danny Shelton, DT, Jr. - Washington

Steve Shumaker, OL, Sr. - Army

Robert Singletary, DE, Sr. - UTSA

Jake Smith, C, Sr. - Louisville

Jaylon Smith, LB, So. - Notre Dame

Quinton Spain, G, Sr. - West Virginia

Eric Striker, LB, Jr. - Oklahoma

Junior Sylvestre, LB, Sr. - Toledo

AJ Tarpley, LB, Sr. - Stanford

Shaq Thompson, LB, Jr. - Washington

Laken Tomlinson, G, Sr. - Duke

Dominique Tovell, DE, Jr. - UL-Lafayette

Max Tuerk,G, Jr. - USC

Clint Van Horn, T, Jr. - Marshall

Zach Virgil, LB, Sr. - Utah State

Diaheem Watkins, DE, Sr. - UAB

Cody Whitehair,G, Sr. - Kansas State

Cody Wichmann, G, Sr. - Fresno State

Ucambre Williams, T, Sr. - South Alabama

Leonard Williams, DE, Jr. - USC

Ramick Wilson, LB, Sr. - Georgia

Eddie Yarbrough, DE, Jr. - Wyoming

Mason Y'Barbo, G, Sr. - North Texas

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