KU's McClinton Named To Lombardi Watch List


Kansas defensive tackle James McClinton has been named to the 38th annual Rotary Lombardi Award Watch list that was announced on Friday. Individuals on the 103-player list will be vying for the honor which recognizes the top lineman in college football.

McClinton, a senior from Garland, Texas, is a preseason All-Big 12 First Team selection after earning All-Big 12 Second Team and Honorable Mention honors in 2006.

McClinton recorded 51 tackles last season to rank fourth on the team. He finished third in the Big 12 and 34th in the NCAA with 14.5 tackles for loss. Among his tackles for loss were six sacks.

The 6-1, 285-pounder has started 23 games in the last two seasons. He enters 2007 with 79 career tackles, including 18 tackles for loss.

McClinton is one of four team captains for the Jayhawks, who open the season hosting Central Michigan on Sept. 1 at 6 p.m.

The award will be presented in Houston on December 5 at the Hilton Americas Hotel.

2007 Rotary Lombardi Award Watch List

Xavier Adibi, LB, Virginia Tech

Jeff Akeroyd, OL, Houston

Sam Baker, OT, USC

Kirk Barton, OL, Ohio State

Tommy Blake, DE, TCU

Alex Boone, OL, Ohio State

Alvin Bowen, LB, Iowa State

Jasper Brinkley, LB, South Carolina

Eben Britton, OT, Arizona

Duane Brown, OT, Virginia Tech

George Bussey, OT, Louisville

Ezra Butler, LB, Nevada

Terrill Byrd, DT, Cincinnati

Matt Castelo, LB, San Jose State

Calais Campbell, DE, Miami

Ian Campbell, DE, Kansas State

Gosder Cherilus, OT, Boston College

Ryan Clady, OT, Boise State

Chris Clark, OL, Southern Miss

Nelson Coleman, LB, Tulsa

Dan Connor, LB, Penn State

Maurice Crum, Jr, LB, Notre Dame

Matt Castelo, LB, San Jose State

Andrew Crummey, OG, Maryland

Kyle Cunningham, OT, Louisiana-Monroe

Bruce Davis, DE, UCLA

Ward Dobbs, LB, Wyoming

Glenn Dorsey, DT, LSU

Keilen Dykes, DT, West Virginia

Kirk Elder, OG, Texas A&M

Sedrick Ellis, DT, USC

Larry English, DE, Northern Illinois

Eric Foster, DT, Rutgers

Drew Fowler, LB, Air Force

Jonathan Goff, LB, Vanderbilt

John Greco, OT, Toledo

Vernon Gholston, DL, Ohio State

Quentin Groves, DE, Auburn

Vince Hall, LB, Virginia Tech

Chris Harrington, DE, Texas A&M

Andrew Hartline, OL, Central Michigan

Brigham Harwell, DT, UCLA

Robert Henderson, DL, Southern Miss

Robby Heos, OL, Rice

Adam Hill, C, Louisiana-Monroe

Darius Hill, TE, Ball State

Tony Hills, OL, Texas

Louis Holmes, DE, Arizona

Dan Holtzclaw, LB, Eastern Michigan

Joey Hudson, LB, Miami (OH)

Philip Hunt, DL, Houston

Ken Iwebema, DL, Iowa

Lawrence Jackson, DE, USC

Tavares Jones, DE, Middle Tennessee State

Steve Justice, C, Wake Forest

Thomas "Red" Keith, LB, Central Michigan

James Laurinaitis, LB, Ohio State

Trevor Laws, DE, Notre Dame

Doug Legursky, OL, Marshall

J Leman, LB, Illinois

Kory Lichtensteiger, OL, Bowling Green

Derek Lokey, DL, Texas

Chris Long, DE, Virginia

Jake Long, OT, Michigan

Jonathan Luigs, C, Arkansas

Alex Mack, C, California

Gerald McRath, LB, Southern Miss

Rey Maualuga, LB, USC

Jerod Mayo, LB, Tennessee

Albert McClellan, DE, Marshall

James McClinton, DL, Kansas

Drew Miller, OL, Florida

Shawn Nelson, TE, Southern Miss

Frank Okam, DT, Texas

Chase Ortiz, DE, TCU

Michael Oher, OL, Ole Miss

Jeremy Perry, OG, Oregon State

Jason Phillips, LB, TCU

Josh Pinnick, DL, Florida Atlantic

Mike Pollak, C, Arizona State

DeMario Pressley, DT, NC State

Barry Richardson, OT, Clemson

Steve Rissler, C, Florida

Keith Rivers, LB, USC

Duke Robinson, OL, Oklahoma

Brandon Rodd, OL, Arizona State

Martin Rucker, TE, Missouri

Bo Ruud, LB, Nebraska

Tom Santi, TE, Virginia

Matt Slauson, OL, Nebraska

John Sullivan, C, Notre Dame

Jacob Tamme, TE, Kentucky

Christian Taylor, LB, UCLA

Shannon Tevaga, OG, UCLA

Brandon Thompson, DE, Army

William VanDeSteeg, DL, Minnesota

David Vobora, LB, Idaho

Erik Walden, DL, Middle Tennessee State

Cody Wallace, C, Texas A&M

Chris Williams, OL, Vanderbilt

Wesley Woodyard, LB, Kentucky

Jeremy Zuttah, OL, Rutgers

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