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December 11, 1997
Only hours after learning that his coach was retiring, Nebraska defensive end Grant Wistrom got the news that he had won the 28th Lombardi Award as the nation's top collegiate lineman. Tom Osborne, who led the Cornhuskers to two national championships and 254 victories over 25 years, announced Wednesday that he would step down after No. 2 Nebraska's game against No. 3 Tennessee in the Jan. 2 Orange Bowl.
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January 7, 2011 | Chris Dufresne
The film from the Nov. 13 Georgia game alone could make an opposing quarterback call in sick against Auburn defensive tackle Nick Fairley. Fairley flagrantly speared poor Aaron Murray in the back, once ground his facemask into the quarterback's chin and then, as a capper, charged late with his helmet into Murray's kneecap. Fairley drew blood and nearly caused a riot. The only thing he didn't do was get suspended. "He's a monster," Oregon tailback Kenjon Barner acknowledged Friday, three days before Oregon faces Auburn for the Bowl Championship Series title.
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December 2, 1994 | From Staff and Wire Reports
Warren Sapp, a junior defensive end at Miami, on Thursday became the first member of the Hurricanes to win the Lombardi Award as the nation's top lineman. Sapp, 6-foot-3 and 284 pounds, beat out Arizona defensive end Tedy Bruschi, Nebraska offensive tackle Zach Wiegert and Florida State linebacker Derrick Brooks. For the season, Sapp had 84 tackles, 10.5 sacks for 62 yards in losses, four forced fumbles, three fumble recoveries and 25 quarterback pressures. Miami (10-1) will play No.
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December 11, 2005
Lombardi Award winners, given to the nation's top college lineman or linebacker: 2005...A.J. Hawk, Ohio State, LB 2004...David Pollack, Georgia, DE 2003...Tommie Harris, Oklahoma, DT 2002...Terrell Suggs, Arizona State, DE 2001...Julius Peppers, North Carolina, DE 2000...Jamal Reynolds, Florida State, DE 1999...Corey Moore, Virginia Tech, DE 1998...Dat Nguyen, Texas A&M, LB 1997...Grant Wistrom, Nebraska, DE 1996...Orlando Pace, Ohio State, OT 1995...Orlando Pace, Ohio State, OT 1994...
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December 9, 1988
Auburn defensive tackle Tracy Rocker won his second national award of the week when he received the Lombardi Award as the nation's outstanding lineman in voting by 227 college football coaches, sportswriters and sportscasters. Rocker, who earlier had won the Outland Trophy as the top interior lineman, won the Lombardi over linebackers Broderick Thomas of Nebraska and Derrick Thomas of Alabama, and defensive tackle Mark Messner of Michigan.
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December 6, 1996 | Associated Press
Ohio State offensive tackle Orlando Pace is the first two-time winner of the Lombardi Award, being selected Thursday night as the nation's top college lineman of 1996. The 6-foot-6, 330-pound, was the first sophomore to win the award in 1995. This year, he beat out Arizona State tackle Juan Roque, Nebraska defensive end Jared Tomich and Virginia Tech defensive end Cornell Brown. "This is truly amazing that I've done this," Pace said.
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December 3, 1993 | From Associated Press
Notre Dame offensive tackle Aaron Taylor, accustomed to beating defensive linemen, did it again Thursday night by winning the Lombardi Award as the nation's top college lineman. He beat out three defensive players--nose guards Sam Adams of Texas A&M and Rob Waldrop of Arizona and linebacker Derrick Brooks of Florida State. "It's a tremendous honor to be voted the best over all these people," Taylor said. "I'm excited, but any one of us could have won it. I'm just fortunate that I did."
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December 4, 1987 | United Press International
Ohio State linebacker Chris Spielman, a finalist for the 1986 Lombardi Award, Thursday night won the 1987 Lombardi trophy as the top collegiate lineman in the nation. Spielman, a 6-foot 2-inch, 236-pound native of Massilon, Ohio, finished his career with 546 tackles, third highest in school history. This past season, he had 156 tackles, 78 solo, 10 sacks and 2 interceptions.
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December 8, 1989 | From Associated Press
Michigan State linebacker Percy Snow earned his second honor of the week Thursday night when he was given the Lombardi Award as the nation's top collegiate lineman. Snow, who holds the school record of 164 tackles in a season, on Tuesday won the Butkus Award as the nation's top linebacker. Snow, 6-feet-3 and 240 pounds, beat out Colorado linebacker Kanavis McGhee and two defensive linemen, USC tackle Tim Ryan and Notre Dame nose guard Chris Zorich.
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December 4, 1992 | From Staff and Wire Reports
Florida State linebacker Marvin Jones won the Lombardi Award as the nation's top college lineman. Jones had 111 tackles this season.
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November 10, 2004 | Gary Klein, Times Staff Writer
USC defensive lineman Shaun Cody was chosen Tuesday as one of four finalists for the Lombardi Award, presented to the nation's top lineman. Georgia defensive end David Pollack, a finalist last season, Erasmus James of Wisconsin and Derrick Johnson of Texas are the other finalists. It is the first year since 1990 that all finalists are seniors. The winner will be announced Dec. 8 in Houston.
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December 14, 2003
"It's nice to get some accolades for the fat boys in the line instead of the pretty boys getting all the praise." Tommie Harris, Oklahoma defensive tackle, after winning the Lombardi Award as the nation's top college lineman.
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November 14, 2001 | Associated Press
Chris Simms, the Texas quarterback who said last summer it would be "ludicrous" to consider turning pro after this season, said Tuesday night he plans to think about entering the NFL draft. "I think it would be stupid for me not to listen to a few opinions here and there and hear what people have to say," said Simms, who has a school-record 22 touchdown passes with one regular-season game left for the No. 5 Longhorns (9-1).
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December 9, 1998 | Associated Press
Linebacker Dat Nguyen, Texas A&M's career tackles leader despite his 5-foot-11, 221-pound size, was named winner Tuesday night of the 29th annual Lombardi Award as the nation's top collegiate lineman. . . . Florida State's Sebastian Janikowski, who connected on 27 of 32 field goal attempts this year, won the 1998 Lou Groza award as college football's top kicker. . . . Miami, which knocked UCLA out of the national championship race last weekend, will play Ohio State in the 1999 Kickoff Classic.
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December 11, 1997
Only hours after learning that his coach was retiring, Nebraska defensive end Grant Wistrom got the news that he had won the 28th Lombardi Award as the nation's top collegiate lineman. Tom Osborne, who led the Cornhuskers to two national championships and 254 victories over 25 years, announced Wednesday that he would step down after No. 2 Nebraska's game against No. 3 Tennessee in the Jan. 2 Orange Bowl.
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December 6, 1996 | Associated Press
Ohio State offensive tackle Orlando Pace is the first two-time winner of the Lombardi Award, being selected Thursday night as the nation's top college lineman of 1996. The 6-foot-6, 330-pound, was the first sophomore to win the award in 1995. This year, he beat out Arizona State tackle Juan Roque, Nebraska defensive end Jared Tomich and Virginia Tech defensive end Cornell Brown. "This is truly amazing that I've done this," Pace said.
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December 7, 1990
Notre Dame nose tackle Chris Zorich was selected as the winner of the 21st Lombardi Award as the nation's top college lineman.
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December 14, 2003
"It's nice to get some accolades for the fat boys in the line instead of the pretty boys getting all the praise." Tommie Harris, Oklahoma defensive tackle, after winning the Lombardi Award as the nation's top college lineman.
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December 2, 1994 | From Staff and Wire Reports
Warren Sapp, a junior defensive end at Miami, on Thursday became the first member of the Hurricanes to win the Lombardi Award as the nation's top lineman. Sapp, 6-foot-3 and 284 pounds, beat out Arizona defensive end Tedy Bruschi, Nebraska offensive tackle Zach Wiegert and Florida State linebacker Derrick Brooks. For the season, Sapp had 84 tackles, 10.5 sacks for 62 yards in losses, four forced fumbles, three fumble recoveries and 25 quarterback pressures. Miami (10-1) will play No.
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December 3, 1993 | From Associated Press
Notre Dame offensive tackle Aaron Taylor, accustomed to beating defensive linemen, did it again Thursday night by winning the Lombardi Award as the nation's top college lineman. He beat out three defensive players--nose guards Sam Adams of Texas A&M and Rob Waldrop of Arizona and linebacker Derrick Brooks of Florida State. "It's a tremendous honor to be voted the best over all these people," Taylor said. "I'm excited, but any one of us could have won it. I'm just fortunate that I did."
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