Three B1G players listed as top 20 candidates for Rotary Lombardi Award
You probably didn’t need the release of some awards list to know that Ohio State and Michigan had some of the best talent in the B1G.
But, just for reassurance, the Rotary Lombardi Award released its list of top 20 candidates for the honor, which included a pair of Buckeyes and a Wolverine.
Ohio State center Pat Elflein and quarterback J.T. Barrett were named candidates for the award, as was Michigan’s do-it-all linebacker Jabrill Peppers.
In the past, the award has typically been awarded to a lineman but has expanded to included all positions on offense and defense. That explains why Barrett and Peppers are on the list alongside Elflein.
The website outlined the credentials for the award:
The Rotary Lombardi Award goes annually to a college football player who demonstrates outstanding performance and skill in offensive or defensive positions and best exemplifies the discipline, virtue and wisdom that defined Vincent Lombardi’s exceptional brand of leadership.
Barrett has already thrown for more than 2,000 yards this season and has accounted for 31 TDs for the season. Elflein was a second-team All-American selection last season and is having another sensational year on the offensive line again.
Peppers has been a unique player this season, seeing time on both sides of the ball. He’s recorded 58 tackles when on defense and has rushed for over 150 yards and three TDs on offense.
Ohio State was one of five schools to have multiple candidates make the list. Alabama had the most of anyone with three players listed.