July 14, 2014 at 10:36 am

Five players from Michigan schools on Lombardi Award watch list

EMU's Lincoln Hansen is a 6-6, 300-pound senior from Omaha, Neb. (Eastern Michigan University)

The state of Michigan has five players on the preseason watch list for the Lombardi Award, which is given to the nation’s No. 1 down lineman or linebacker.

There are two players from Central Michigan on the list – senior linebacker Justin Cherocci and senior guard Andy Phillips – and one from Eastern Michigan – senior offensive tackle Lincoln Hansen.

Representing Michigan State is junior defensive end Shilique Calhoun while senior linebacker Jake Ryan is Michigan’s nominee.