Aug. 25, 2015
HOUSTON - Louisiana Tech defensive end Vontarrius Dora was added to the Rotary Lombardi Award Watch List, joining Vernon Butler on the watch list for the award the Houston Sports Authority announced Tuesday.
Dora was added to the list as he enters his final year of collegiate eligibility with 99 total career tackles (33 solo, 66 assisted) and 14 tackles for a loss of 68 yards, including 7.5 sacks for a loss of 55 yards. He has been credited with 10 quarterback hurries, three pass break-ups and has recovered two fumbles in his career.
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 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.
The Rotary Lombardi Award Watch List will be updated prior to the start of the 2015 season in order to identify other players who have received significant pre-season honors.
While the Watch List highlights those players who have already received national recognition, any Division 1 player who meets the requirements is eligible for consideration from the Rotary Lombardi Selection Committee. This committee is comprised of more than 500 members, including all past winners and finalists, all Division 1 head coaches and a panel of sportswriters and broadcasters.
The Rotary Lombardi Watch List containing 175 delegates (including Tuesday's additions), intended as a reference tool for the Selection Committee, will be periodically updated and revised through the conclusion of the voting to determine the 12 semi-finalists for 2015.
The 2015 Watch List includes Scooby Wright III, the 2014 Rotary Lombardi Award winner. Also listed is Joey Bosa, 2014 Rotary Lombardi Award Finalist, and Semi- Finalists Shilique Calhoun and Robert Nkemdiche. The 2015 Watch List also includes true freshman, Toby Weathersby, the winner of the inaugural Greater Houston High School Award and Cameron Townshend and Kingsley Keke, 2014 Finalists for the High School Award.
The 46th Rotary Lombardi Award will be held on December 9, 2015 at the Revention 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. For more information on the schedule of events, please visit www.rotarylombardiaward.org.
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