The 2014 Lombardi Watch List was announced Monday, July 14, and T.T. Barber was among 13 Conference USA players honored. Barber is a rising junior from Colquitt, GA.
The Blue Raider linebacker finished with 119 tackles last season, the fourth-highest total in Conference USA and the most by a Blue Raider since Roosevelt Colvard had 120 in 1986. The First-Team All-C-USA selection also had a team-best 11.5 tackles for loss, three interceptions, three sacks and two forced fumbles.
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 2014 pre-season honors. The Rotary Lombardi Award Watch List will be updated prior to the start of the 2014 season in order to identify other players who have received significant pre-season honors.
The Rotary Lombardi Watch List, 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 semifinalists for 2014.
The 45th Rotary Lombardi Award will be announced on Wednesday, Dec. 10, 2014, at the Bayou Music Center in Houston. For more information, visit www.rotarylombardiaward.org.