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College Football Awards 2012: Five Spartans, Two Wolverines Added To Lombardi Watch List

The Michigan State Spartans have many players on the the watch lists for many awards heading into the 2012 season. Mostly, they've got players on watch lists for defensive awards, with guys like Johnny Adams and Max Bullough getting an awful lot of attention. We just wrote about Bullough and Denicos Allen being added to the watch list for the coveted Butkus Award, and now there's a similar one with even more players added: the Lombardi Award.

Allen and Bullough are both on the watch list, according to the Detroit News, as are three other players in William Gholston, Marcus Rush and Chris McDonald. Gholston and Rush are defensive ends, while McDonald is an offensive guard. On top of that, linebacker Kenny Demens and offensive tackle Taylor Lewan from the Michigan Wolverines were nominated for the award.

The award has been given out since 1970, and is given, as noted, to the top lineman on offense or defense, who shows outstanding performance and ability and also best exemplifies the discipline of Vince Lombardi. Nearly 400 people take part in the balloting process for this award, and it is one of the bigger honors in college football.

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