Tennessee's Anthony Parker, a second-team All-America last year and a big reason the Vols led the SEC and nation with only four sacks allowed, has been included on the 2008 preliminary watch list for the Rotary Lombardi Award.
Parked lived up to his billing last season as a preseason All-SEC by Sporting News. He started all 14 games at left guard en route to second-team All-America honors by the Associated Press. Tennessee's offensive front, anchored by Parker, allowed a quarterback sack every 134.5 pass plays last year while helping produce a 3,000-yard passer, a 1,000-yard rusher and a 1,000-yard receiver.
The SEC boasts the most players on this year's watch list with eight, followed by the Big Ten, Big 12 and Mid-American with six.
Eligibility for the Rotary Lombardi Award is limited to down linemen and those defensive players who line up within five yards of the football. The candidates earned a place on the preliminary watch list by earning All-American honors or by being named to their respective all-conference first team as selected by the conference's head coaches. The Rotary Lombardi Award Watch List will be updated prior to the start of the 2008 season in order to identify those players who have been selected as pre-season honors candidates.
The complete Rotary Lombardi Award Preliminary Watch List for 2008 follows: Travis Beckum, TE, Wisconsin; Robert Brewster, OT, Ball St.; Diyral Briggs, DE, Bowling Green; Terrill Byrd, DT, Cincinnati; Ian Campbell, DE, Kansas St.; Solomon Elimimian, LB, Hawaii; Auston English, DE, Oklahoma; Larry English, DE, Northern Ill.; John Estes, OL, Hawaii; Maurice Evans, DE, Penn St.; Ray Feinga, OL, BYU; Andrew Gardner, OT, Georgia Tech; Dominic Green, OL, Nevada; Greg Hardy, DL, Ole Miss; Jason Harmon, TE, Fla. Atlantic; Darius Hill, TE, Ball St.; Daniel Holtzclaw, LB, Eastern Mich.; Phillip Hunt, DE, Houston; George Hypolite, DT, Colorado; Greg Isdaner, OL, West Va.; Herman Johnson, OL, LSU; Jan Jorgensen, DL, BYU; Frantz Joseph, LB, Fla. Atlantic; Mitch King, DL, Iowa; James Laurinaitis, LB, Ohio State; Boris Lee, LB, Troy; Adam Leonard, LB, Hawaii; Jonathan Luigs, C, Arkansas; Alex Mack, OL, California; Scott McKillop, LB, Pittsburgh; Gerald McRath, LB, Southern Miss.; Matt Mandich, OL, Arkansas St.; Rey Maualuga, LB, Southern Cal.; Greg Middleton, DE, Indiana; Joe Mortensen, LB, Kansas; Clayton Mullins, OB, Miami (Ohio); Eric Norwood, DE, South Carolina; Michael Oher, OT, Ole Miss; ANTHONY PARKER, OL, TENNESSEE; Brandon Pettigrew, TE, Oklahoma St.; Dennis Pitta, TE, BYU; Ryan Purvis, TE, Boston Col.; Nick Reed, DE, Oregon; Dallas Reynolds, OL, BYU; Duke Robinson, OL, Oklahoma; George Selvie, DL, South Fla.; A.Q. Shipley, C, Penn St.; Dion Small, OL, Troy; Andre Smith, OL, Alabama; Brandon Spikes, LB, Florida; Max Unger, OT, Oregon; David Veikune, DL, Hawaii; Vance Walker, DT, Georgia Tech; Eric Wood, C, Louisville.
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