Clarke named to Lombardi watch list

Clarke named to Lombardi watch list

HOUSTON – University of Hawai‘i junior offensive lineman Ben Clarke was one of 123 student-athletes named to the 2014 Rotary Lombardi Award Watch List.

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 preliminary watch list by earning All-American honors, being named to their respective all-conference teams or receiving 2014 pre-season honors. The Rotary Lombardi Award Watch List will be updated prior to the start of the 2014 season in order to identify other players who have received significant pre-season honors.

Clarke, a junior from Littleton, Colo., is a two-time all-Mountain West honorable mention selection. He started all 24 games of his career at center but will transition to left tackle this season. He was one of nine Mountain West players selected to the watch list.

The 45th Rotary Lombardi Award will be held on Wednesday, December 10, 2014 at the Bayou Music Center in Houston, Texas.  For more information, visit