Aug. 19, 2009
LARAMIE, Wyo. -
The Rotary Lombardi Award released its 2009 preseason watch list on Tuesday, and University of Wyoming senior defensive tackle John Fletcher was one of the individuals named to that preseason list. Fletcher also was selected to the Rotary Lombardi Award Watch List in 2008.
Earlier this summer, Fletcher was voted to the 2009 All-Mountain West Conference Preseason First Team in voting by conference media members. He is a two-time Second Team All-MWC selection, earning that honor in both 2007 and 2008.
The senior from Erie, Colo., enters his senior season ranked No. 10 in school history in career sacks, with 17.0 total sacks. He was voted one of four team captains by his teammates for the 2009 season, and has started 23 of 33 career games.
The Rotary Lombardi Award is presented each year to the top college football lineman -- either offensive or defensive -- by the Houston Rotary Club. In addition to outstanding performance and ability, the other criteria that the Houston Rotary Club uses to select the winner is to select the lineman who best exemplifies the discipline of Vince Lombardi.
In 2009, 12 semifinalists for the Rotary Lombardi Award will be announced on Oct. 14. Four finalists will be selected and announced on Nov. 11. The four finalists will then be invited to a ceremony to be held in Houston on Dec. 9 at the Hilton Americas where the winner will be named.
A year ago, defensive end Brian Orakpo from the University of Texas was the recipient of the Rotary Lombardi Award.