Aug. 22, 2005
HOUSTON - Washington senior defensive tackle Manase Hopoi was one of 123 players to make the "watch list" for the 2005 Lombardi Award, presented each year to the nation's top lineman.
Hopoi, from Sacramento, Calif., has started all 36 games of his UW career. Last year, he led the Pac-10 with 22 tackles for loss and also finsihed with nine sacks, fifth in the conference. He's the nation's leading returning for 2005 in terms of tackles for loss last season.
The Rotary Lombardi Award will celebrate its 36th year of honoring the finest linemen in college football on December 7 at the Hilton Americas Hotel in Downtown Houston. All net proceeds from the dinner and related activities are donated to the American Cancer Society. Since the first dinner in 1971, nearly $3.1 million has been raised through the efforts of Rotarians and their guests
This year's Watch List is divided up nearly equally, with 58 offensive players and 63 defensive players who meet the playing criteria currently on the list. To be eligible for the Rotary Lombardi Award, a player my play on the line of scrimmage (including tight ends on offensive) or must be a linebacker who lines up within five yards of the football.
The 123 members of the Watch List earned a place on the Watch List by earning All-American honors at the end of the 2004 (or previous seasons), by being named to their respective All Conference team as selected by the conference's head coaches or by being named to one of the pre-season honor teams. Additional players will be added to the list, based on performance, prior to the start of the first round of voting at the end of September.
For more information and the complete list, visit www.rotarylombardiaward.com.