Reiff on another award watch list

BY DI STAFF | JULY 14, 2011 7:20 AM

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Iowa offensive lineman Riley Reiff has been named to the Rotary Lombardi Award watch list, according to a release.

The award is given to the top college offensive or defensive lineman in the country every year. Linebackers who line up within five yards of the ball are also eligible to win.

The Lombardi Award has never been won by a member of the Hawkeyes, although former defensive end Adrian Clayborn was a finalist when Auburn tackle Nick Fairley won in 2010. The trophy, which resembles a block of granite, has found a home elsewhere in the Big Ten in 14 of its 42 years of existence.

The honor is just the latest for Reiff, was also named to the watch list for the Outland Trophy — given to the nation’s best interior lineman — and four different preseason All-American lists. He was most recently named the No. 49 player on the Rivals.com Top 100 Players Countdown.

Reiff, a native of Parkston, S.D., was a first-team All-Big Ten preseason pick by Lindy’s and Athlon Sports. The 6-6, 300-pound lineman started all 13 games for the Hawkeyes last year and was named to the second-team All-Big Ten team.

The Lombardi Award ceremony will be held Dec. 6-7 in Houston.

— by Seth Roberts

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