Aug. 28, 2010
Mitchell has been a fixture at left tackle for the Owls since midway through the 2007 season and brings a streak of 30 consecutive starts into his senior year. He is a consensus preseason All C-USA selection (Coaches, Phil Steele) and was named to Dave Campbell's Texas Football All-Texas Offense preseason first team. Last year, he was the George R. Brown Award winner as Owls' top o-lineman and earned second-team All C-USA honors from the league's coaches and from Phil Steele.
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 official watch list by earning All-American honors, by being named to their respective all-conference first teams as selected by the conference's head coaches or by nomination sent to and reviewed by the nominations committee.
While the Watch List highlights those players who have already received national recognition, any Division 1 player who meets the requirements is eligible for consideration from the Rotary Lombardi Selection Committee. This committee is comprised of more than 500 members, including all past winners and finalists, all Division 1-A head coaches and a panel of sportswriters and broadcasters.
The Rotary Lombardi Watch List, intended as a reference tool for the Selection Committee, will be periodically updated and revised through the conclusion of the voting to determine the 12 semifinalists for 2010.
Last year's Rotary Lombardi Award winner, Ndamukong Suh (Nebraska) was drafted by the Detroit Lions, and finalists Gerald McCoy (OU) by Tampa Bay Buccaneers and Jerry Hughes by the Indianapolis Colts in the first round of the NFL Draft.
The 41st Rotary Lombardi Award will be held December 7- 8, 2010, at the George R. Brown Convention Center in Houston, Texas. For more information on the two-day schedule of events, please visit www.rotarylombardiaward.org.
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