HOUSTON - The Watch List for the 40th annual Rotary Lombardi Award was announced on Tuesday and it includes 153 players from 79 teams and 11 conferences. One of those on the list is senior linebacker Austin Pritchard, one of only three players from the Mid-American Conference to make the list.
Pritchard, a Lebanon, Ohio, native, is coming off a First Team All-MAC selection in 2008. He ranked second on the team in tackles with 86 and led the team with 12.5 tackles for loss a year ago. Entering his fifth season, Pritchard has been projected as an all-conference selection again by Athlon Sports, Phil Steele and Vandelay Sports.
The Rotary Lombardi Award is presented annually by Houston's Rotary Club to the nation's top college football lineman ‐‐ offense or defense ‐‐ who, in addition to outstanding performance and ability, best exemplifies the discipline of Vince Lombardi. The Watch List was formed by using 2008 postseason and 2009 preseason allconference and All‐America teams. Additional nominations were accepted from Rotary Lombardi Award voters and college sports information directors.
On Oct. 14, the 12 semifinalists for the Rotary Lombardi Award will be announced. On Nov. 11, the four finalists will be named. All of the finalists will travel to Houston for the ceremony to announce the winner on Dec. 9 at the Hilton Americas.
Pritchard found out the news this evening after Tuesday's practice. He talked about how this is the toughest week of a preseason camp because excitement gets you through the first week and by this time it is all about the work ahead. Pritchard also spoke about the progress of the linebacker unit and the play of some of the younger Broncos working their way into the fold.
Western Michigan will hold its third two-a-day session on Wednesday at Waldo Stadium with the first preseason scrimmage taking place on Thursday at 4 p.m.
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