|T. Johnson - Rotary Lombardi Award Quarterfinalist|
Houston, Texas-----From a preseason watch list of 145 outstanding linemen, linebackers and tight ends, San Jose State University defensive end Travis Johnson is one of 25 quarterfinalists for the 2012 Rotary Lombardi Award.
The award is given to the college football lineman who combines outstanding performance and ability and exemplifies the discipline of the legendary Green Bay Packers two-time Super Bowl winning coach Vince Lombardi, who first gained fame as one of Fordham University football's "Seven Blocks of Granite" in the 1930's.
Heading into the October 13 Homecoming game and Western Athletic Conference opener against Utah State, the 244-pound senior is the only player in the Football Bowl Subdivision (FBS) to rank in the top-three in quarterback sacks (2nd) and tackles for loss (tied for 2nd). Johnson's 7.5 sacks this season give him 26.5 for his career and ranks the Spartan co-captain first among active players.
Johnson is the first San Jose State player to advance to quarterfinal status in the 43 years of the award.
The fourth year Spartan also is the only player from a non-Bowl Championship Series conference listed among the 25 remaining candidates for the award. Six of the 25 quarterfinalists are offensive linemen; four are linebackers; and 15 are defensive linemen.
Seven semifinalists, tabbed as the 2012 "Seven Blocks of Granite," will be named at the end of October. Four finalists will be announced in November with the 2012 Rotary Lombardi Award winner named on December 5.
2012 Rotary Lombardi Award quarterfinalists: