Oct. 28, 2011
HOUSTON, Tx.-Marshall defensive end Vinny Curry was named a semifinalist for the 2011 Rotary Lombardi Award (nation’s best lineman) Thursday evening. He is the only Lombardi semifinalist among the 12 not from a BCS automatic-qualifying conference.
Curry, who is also in the running for the Bronko Nagurski Trophy (nation’s best defensive player) and the Chuck Bednarik Award (nation’s best defensive player), leads the country with 17 tackles for loss and is second with 9.5 sacks. His 44.0 career tackles for loss is also tops among all active FBS student-athletes and eighth all-time at Marshall. His 25 sacks rank him fourth in the school’s career record book as well.
He was named Bronko Nagurski National Defensive Player of the Week following his 4.0 TFL, 3.5 sack performance in the 24-20 Homecoming win over Rice on Oct. 15. That award came on the heels of National Defensive Lineman of the Week honor by the College Football Performance Awards after his 4.5 tackle for loss, three sack day in the 26-20 win over Southern Miss on Sept. 10.
The senior captain from Neptune, N.J. also has 45 tackles on the season, one fumble recovery, three forced fumbles and two blocked extra points.
Marshall (3-5, overall, 2-2 Conference USA) hosts UAB (1-6, 1-3) Saturday at 12 p.m. ET.
Rotary Lombardi Award Semifinalists
Vinny Curry - Defensive End, Marshall, 6-4, 263, Sr., Neptune, NJ
David DeCastro - Offensive Guard, Stanford, 6-5, 310, Sr., Bellevue, WA
Dont'a Hightower - Linebacker, Alabama, 6-4, 260, Jr., Lewisburg, TN
Melvin Ingram - Defensive End, South Carolina, 6-2, 276, Sr., Hamlet, NC
- Offensive Line, Alabama, 6-5, 311, Jr., Memphis, TN
Matt Kalil - Offensive Tackle, USC, 6-7, 295, Jr., Corona, CA
Luke Kuechly - Linebacker, Boston College, 6-3, 237, Jr., Cincinnati, OH
Jonathan Martin - Offensive Tackle, Stanford, 6-6, 304, Sr., Los Angeles, CA
Whitney Mercilus - Defensive Line, Illinois, 6-4, 265, Jr., Akron, OH
Manti Te'o - Linebacker, Notre Dame, 6-2, 255, Jr., Laie, HI
Courtney Upshaw - Linebacker, Alabama, 6-2, 265, Sr., Eufaula, AL
Jerel Worthy - Defensive Tackle, Michigan State, 6-3, 310, Jr., Huber Heights, OH