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10 players from Michigan schools on Lombardi watch list

The Detroit News
Shilique Calhoun

The preseason watch list for the Lombardi Award includes three players each from Michigan State and Central Michigan, and two each from Eastern Michigan and Western Michigan.

The Lombardi Award recognizes the top down lineman on offense or defense, or the top linebacker, in college football.

Defensive end Shilique Calhoun, center Jack Allen and offensive tackle Jack Conklin are the three Spartans on the watch list. Calhoun was a semifinalist for the award in 2014, when Arizona linebacker Scooby Wright was named the winner.


Michigan State

Jack Allen, senior center

Shilique Calhoun, senior defensive end

Jack Conklin, junior offensive tackle

Central Michigan

Joe Ostman, junior defensive end

Ramadan Ahmeti, senior offensive lineman

Blake Serpa, senior defensive lineman

Eastern Michigan

Pat O'Connor, senior defensive end

Great Ibe, senior linebacker

Western Michigan

James Kristof, senior offensive lineman

Willie Beavers, senior offensive lineman