Posted: Tuesday November 7, 2006 3:21PM; Updated: Tuesday November 7, 2006 3:22PM
HOUSTON (Ticker) -- Penn State senior linebacker Paul Posluszny will see some familiar faces at the Rotary Lombardi Award dinner next month.
The first two-time finalist, Posluszny will be joined by Big Ten Conference rivals Quinn Pitcock of Ohio State and LaMarr Woodley of Michigan, as well as Texas' Justin Blalock, when the 37th Lombardi Award is presented on December 6.
The award honors the best college football lineman on either side of the ball or linebacker. The finalists were selected by a group of college football coaches, writers and media members, as well as past finalists and winners.
Last year, Posluszny came up short to Ohio State linebacker A.J. Hawk. After tearing two knee ligaments in an Orange Bowl win over Florida State, he has returned this season to lead the Nittany Lions with 93 tackles, including 57 solo. He has four tackles for a loss and two sacks.
A senior defensive tackle, Pitcock has nine tackles for a loss -- seven sacks -- for the top-ranked Buckeyes, who lead the nation in scoring defense at just 7.6 points per game.
Woodley, a senior defensive end, leads the Big Ten and is third nationally with 11 sacks. He is second in the country with four forced fumbles and tied for fifth with 15 tackles for loss for the second-ranked Wolverines.
A senior right guard, Blalock has helped the Longhorns average 39.2 points in defense of their national championship. He earned first-team All-Big 12 Conference honors each of the past two seasons.
"Our finalists dominate on the football field and stand as examples of hard work, discipline and support on their teams and in their communities," Lombardi Award Committee chair E. Michelle Bohreer said. "Those are the characteristics so valued and respected by Coach Lombardi."