BERKELEY - California's Tyson Alualu and Syd'Quan Thompson were named to watch lists Tuesday for the Rotary Lombardi and Bronko Nagurski awards, respectively. Both players have played in all 39 games possible over the last three seasons.
Alualu, a senior defensive lineman, had picked up earlier preseason honorable mention All-American honors. Last year, he was named a second-team All-Pac-10 choice and had a career-high 62 tackles, the most by a Cal defensive lineman since 1995. He has 130 career tackles to go along with 14.5 TFL, 8.5 sacks, four passes defended, four fumble recoveries, two forced fumbles, a blocked kick and an interception.
The Rotary Lombardi Award is presented annual by Houston's Rotary Club to the nation's top college football lineman - offense or defense - who, in addition to outstanding performance and ability, best exemplifies the discipline of Vince Lombardi. The award was founded in 1970 in the weeks following the death of legendary football coach Vince Lombardi from cancer.