BATON ROUGE - LSU defensive tackle Drake Nevis is one of 12 players nationwide who have been named to the list of semifinalists for the Lombardi Award, the Rotary Lombardi Award announced on Friday.
The Lombardi Award, now in its 41st year of existence, goes annually to the top lineman - offense or defense - in college football. Nevis is among 10 defensive players who made the 12-man list, which also includes a pair of offensive linemen.
Nevis, a senior from Marrero, La., currently ranks fourth in the SEC in both sacks (5.0) and tackles for losses (11.5). Nevis also has 40 tackles, two quarterback hurries, two forced fumbles, one interception and a safety to his credit this year for the 12th-ranked Tigers.
Nevis has been named the SEC Defensive Lineman a league-high three times this year and he's been named to several mid-season All-America teams.
2010 Lombardi Award Semifinalists
Sam Acho, Defensive End, Texas, 6-3, 260, Sr., Dallas, TX
Jeremy Beal, Defensive End, Oklahoma, 6-3, 267, Sr. Carrollton, TX
Da'quan Bowers, Defensive End, Clemson, 6-4, 275, Jr., Bamberg, SC
Adrian Clayborn, Defensive End, Iowa, 6-4, 285, Sr., St. Louis, MO
Jared Crick, Defensive Tackle, Nebraska, 6-6, 285, Jr., Cozad, NE
Nick Fairley, Defensive Line, Auburn, 6-5, 298, Jr., Mobile, AL
Cameron Heyward, Defensive Tackle, Ohio State, 6-5, 288, Sr., Suwanee, GA
Rodney Hudson, Offensive Guard, Florida State, 6-2, 282, Sr., Mobile, AL
Greg Jones, Linebacker, Michigan State, 6-1, 240, Sr., Cincinnati, OH
Ryan Kerrigan, Defensive End, Purdue, 6-4, 263, Sr., Muncie, IN
Jake Kirkpatrick, Center, TCU, 6-3, 305, Sr., Tyler, TX
Drake Nevis, Defensive Tackle, LSU, 6-5, 285, Sr., Marrero, LA