July 17, 2012
Brown is the eighth player in school history up for the award, which honors the nation’s top college lineman or linebacker each year. The Wichita, Kan., product was also named to the Bednarik Award, Butkus Award and Nagurski Trophy watch lists over the past two weeks. His candidacy for the four major college football awards is tied for the single-season school record (Chris Canty, 1996).
With Brown’s inclusion on the Lombardi Award watch list, K-State pushed its total to nine candidates for major college football awards this year, the second-most in school history behind the 1998 squad (11).
A product of Wichita, Kan., Brown registered a solid junior campaign in 2011 as he tallied 101 tackles, including 9.5 for loss. He was named an honorable mention All-American by Sports Illustrated and was the Big 12 Defensive Newcomer of the Year as well as a First Team All-Big 12 performer.
A top 25 list of quarterfinalists for the Lombardi Award will be announced on October 6, while the list will be trimmed to seven semifinalists on October 27 and four finalists on November 19. The winner of the 43rd Rotary Lombardi Award will be announced on Wednesday, December 5, at The Hobby Center in Houston, Texas.