Clemson defensive trio picks up Lombardi Award nominations

Stephone Anthony, Vic Beasley, Grady Jarrett among a dozen ACC players on watch list

Clemson's Stephone Anthony tackles Ohio State's Braxton Miller during the first quarter at the Discover Orange Bowl in Sun Life Stadium Miami, Florida.

Photo by Ken Ruinard

Clemson's Stephone Anthony tackles Ohio State's Braxton Miller during the first quarter at the Discover Orange Bowl in Sun Life Stadium Miami, Florida.

Clemson's defensive trio of Stephone Anthony, Vic Beasley and Grady Jarrett have scored a triple on the national award front, as they were named to the Rotary Lombardi Award's preseason watch list.

Previously, the three Tigers were included on watch lists for the Nagurski Award and Bednarik Award, while Jarrett was named to the list for the Outland Trophy.

Lombardi list includes 123 athletes from 76 universities.

Other ACC players on the list include Florida State's Mario Edwards, Tre Jackson and Josue Matias, Duke's Kelby Brown and Laken Tomlinson, Miami's Denzel Perryman, Virginia Tech Luther Maddy, Georgia Tech's Shaquille Mason, and Louisville's Jake Smith.

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 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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