THE BEST COLLEGE FOOTBALL PLAYER
The Lombardi Award is awarded by the Lombardi Foundation annually to the best college football player, regardless of position, based on performance, as well as leadership, character, and resiliency.
From 1970 until 2016 the award was presented by Rotary International specifically to a lineman or linebacker.
THIS YEAR’S WINNER…
UGOCHUKWU AMADI, S, OREGON DUCKS
Oregon safety Ugochukwu Amadi won the Lombardi Award as the top college football player in the nation, regardless of position, based on performance, leadership, character and resiliency
Amadi began his career in Eugene, Oregon, as a cornerback, but successfully switched to safety his junior season. This past year, he became the first Power 5 player since 2015 to return two interceptions as well as a punt for a touchdown in the same season. He had 55 total tackles, 43 solo, four tackles for loss, 1.5 sacks, three interceptions with two returned for touchdowns, eight pass breakups and a forced fumble.
In addition to the Lombardi, Amadi was Jim Thorpe semi-finalist, a AP PAC-12 All-Conference second team, a Coaches PAC-12 All-Conference honorable mention, a PAC-12 Defensive Player of the Week (Nov. 5) and made the Paul Hornung Award Honor Roll. The 5’10” 185 pound safety from Nashville, Tennessee, played in all 51 games from 2015-2018 and now enters the NFL draft in pursuit of a professional career.
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The 2018 Lombardi Award finalists included:
- Oregon – S Ugo Amadi
- Notre Dame – CB Julian Love
- Clemson – DT Christian Wilkins
- Washington State – QB Gardner Minshew Ii
- Oklahoma – QB Kyler Murray
- Kansas State – OT Dalton Risner
- Alabama – OT Jonah Williams