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West Virginia Linebacker Kwiatkoski Named To Lombardi Award Watch List

Linebacker Nick Kwiatkoski adds his name to the list of Mountaineer football players named to pre-season watch lists.

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WVU's senior linebacker Nick Kwiatkoski has been named to the watch list for the Lombardi Award for best lineman or linebacker. The initial list is comprised of 145 players from across the country, including last year's winner, Scooby Wright III (Arizona). The redshirt senior was WVU's leading tackler in 2014 and was named to the All Big 12 Conference team as an honorable mention selection.

The initial list will be updated and revised by the Rotary Selection Committee throughout the season before naming the twelve finalists. The award will be announced on December 9, 2015 at the 46th Rotary Lombardi Award ceremony at the Bayou Music Center in Houston, Texas.

Here's the full list of WVU players named to watch lists so far this pre-season:

  • Karl Joseph - Bednarik Award (defense), Nagurski Award (defense), Thorpe Award (defensive back)
  • Tyler Orlosky - Rimington Award (center), Outland Trophy (offensive or defensive interior lineman)
  • Josh Lambert - Groza Award (kicker)
  • Nick Kwiatkoski - Lombardi Award (lineman or linebacker)