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2018 Lombardi Award

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.

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THIS YEARS WINNER…

UGOCHUKWU AMADI, S, OREGON DUCKS

Amadi returned 14 punts for 223 yards with an impressive 15.93 average.
Photo: Raj Mehta/USA TODAY Sports

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. 

MORE: Ugo Amadi looked to be a key player in the Redbox Bowl.

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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

Redbox Bowl – Dec 31

Michigan State Spartans (7-5) vs Oregon Ducks (8-4)

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MICHIGAN STATE | BIG 10 CONFERENCE

Coach: Mark Dantonio

Michigan State Players to watch:

*Junior DE Kenny Willekes (6-4/260)

Kenny Willekes Named Big Ten Defensive Lineman Of The Year.
Photo: Mike Carter USA TODAY Sports

Willekes, who entered the program as a walk-on linebacker for the 2015 season, has emerged as one of the top pass rushers in the nation. He has collected a league-best 20.5 tackles for loss, good for second most in a Spartan single season and seventh most in the FBS in 2018. He also leads the Spartans with 8.5 sacks. The junior has registered a career-high 76 tackles to rank first among all defensive lineman in the nation, including a career-high 13 against Ohio State on Nov. 3.

*Junior NT Raequan Williams (6-4/295)

Williams, who has started 28 consecutive games at nose tackle, earned first-team AP All-Big Ten honors. The Chicago, Illinois, product has recorded career bests in tackles (49), tackles for loss (9.5) and pass break-ups (5), while helping anchor the nation’s No. 1 run defense.

*Junior LB Joe Bachie (6-2/238)

Voted a captain by his teammates, Bachie leads the Spartans with 94 tackles. He has 8.5 tackles for loss, five pass break-ups, three forced fumbles, one interception and one fumble recovery.

*Junior CB Justin Layne (6-3/185)

Layne ranks tied for first in the Big Ten and tied for eighth in the FBS with 15 pass break-ups. He has also posted career highs in tackles (72) and tackles for loss (2.5) this season.

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OREGON | PAC-12 CONFERENCE

Coach: Mario Cristobal

Oregon Players to watch:

*Junior LG Shane Lemieux (6-4/315)

Lemieux has until Jan 14 to decide if he’ll turn pro or return to Oregon for his senior year.
Photo: OregonLive.com

Lemieux has not allowed a sack or hit on the QB all season. Fourth-ranked offensive lineman (No. 1 guard) in the Pac-12 and No. 4 guard nationally, according to PFF. Has started 37 straight games.

Senior LB Justin Hollins (6-5/240)

Hollins, an AP first-team All-Pac-12 linebacker honoree, has 57 tackles with 12 for loss including five sacks, an interception and fumble return this season.

Senior DE Jalen Jelks (6-6/250)

Jelks was a first-team All-Pac-12 honoree by the league’s coaches. He leads all Pac-12 defensive linemen with 54 tackles with 7.5 for loss including 3.5 sacks this season.

Senior S Ugo Amadi (5-9/200)

Amadi has 50 tackles with five for loss including 1.5 sacks, three interceptions with two returned for touchdowns, seven pass breakups and a forced fumble. He also has 16 punt returns for 214 yards and a score.

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Redbox Bowl
Oregon 7, Michigan State 6