Aug. 27, 2010
HOUSTON, Texas - Baylor senior offensive tackle Danny Watkins has been named to the watch list for the 41st annual Rotary Lombardi Award, as announced by the award committee Friday.
Watkins, who is in his second year at Baylor after transferring from Butte (Calif.) College, is one of only three Big 12 offensive linemen among the 87 members of the watch list.
A native of Kelowna, British Columbia, Watkins grew up playing hockey and rugby, and he didn't play football until his freshman year of college. The former firefighter was drafted fourth overall in the 2010 CFL Canadian Draft by the British Columbia Lions, but he chose to return to Baylor for his senior season.
In his first season with the Bears in 2009, Watkins stepped in at left tackle and was one of 11 Bears to start all 12 games. Replacing departed All-American Jason Smith, Watkins recorded 103 total knockdowns and averaged an 89 percent grade from offensive line coaches.
Prior to coming to Baylor, Watkins earned junior college All-American honors while leading Butte to a perfect 11-0 season as a sophomore in 2008.
The Rotari Lombardi Award is presented annually to the college football lineman who, in addition to outstanding performance and ability, best exemplifies the discipline of Vince Lombardi. The award is open to offensive and defensive linemen, as well as linebackers who set up no farther than five yards deep from the line of scrimmage.
The watch list will be periodically updated and revised through the conclusion of voting to determine the 12 semifinalists. The 2010 Rotari Lombardi Award will be presented Dec. 7-8 at the George R. Brown Convention Center in Houston, Texas.