By Stephen K. Lee
Tennessee red shirt senior linebacker/defensive end Curt Maggitt has been named to the Watch List for the 2015 Rotary Lombardi Award, which is annually awarded to the best college football lineman or linebacker.
Maggitt is also on the watch lists for the Bronko Nagurski Trophy, the Bednarik Award and the Reese’s Senior Bowl. He also has garnered preseason All-SEC first-team honors (voted on by the media).
A senior from West Palm Beach, Florida, Maggitt led the Vols with a career-best 11.0 sacks in 2014, the third-best total in the SEC and tied for fourth-highest total for a Tennessee player in a season all-time. He has recorded a sack in his last five consecutive games, including 2.0 sacks in three of his last four games. Maggitt also recorded 14.0 tackles for loss, tying for seventh in the league in that category and ranking behind only Barnett on the Tennessee squad.
After missing the entire 2013 season because of injuries, Maggitt played in all 12 games and recorded 43 tackles as a red shirt junior.
Eligibility for the Rotary Lombardi Award is limited to down linemen, end-to-end, either on offense or defense, who set up no farther than 10 yards to the left or right of the ball, or linebackers who set up no farther than five yards deep from the line of scrimmage. The candidates earned a place on the preliminary Watch List by earning All-American honors, being named to their respective all-conference teams or receiving 2015 pre-season honors.
The 46th Rotary Lombardi Award will be held on Dec. 9, 2015 at the Bayou Music Center in Houston, Texas.