Four UCLA Bruins were named to the Rotary Lombardi Award Watch List this morning. The Bruins named were Kenny Clark, Myles Jack, Caleb Benenoch and Eddie Vanderdoes.
The Rotary Lombardi Award is presented annually 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 2015 pre-season honors.
Meanwhile, Myles Jack was also named to the Collegiate Butkus Award Watch List while three Bruin recruits were named to the High School Butkus Award Watch List. The Butkus Award honors the best linebackers at the High School, Collegiate and Professional levels. The Bruin recruits named to the High School Butkus Award Watch List are Krys Barnes, Breland Brandt, Lokeni Toailoa.
Former Bruin Eric Kendricks won the 2014 Butkus Award. If Myles Jack is able to win the award it would be the first time since 1994 & 1995 where a school had back-to-back Butkus Award winners.
The 46th Rotary Lombardi Award will be held on December 9, 2015 at the Bayou Music Center in Houston, Texas. Proceeds from the Rotary Lombardi Awards stay in the Houston community and benefit the American Cancer Society, The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Centers / Children’s Cancer Hospital, and Texas Children’s Cancer Center.
The Butkus Award is presented by the Butkus Foundation, a 501c3 non-profit organization. The Butkus Award is part of the National College Football Awards Association (NCFAA) which includes the 22 most prestigious awards in college football with a combination of 700 years of selection excellence.