HOUSTON, Texas – Oregon State sophomore defensive end Scott Crichton has been named to the 43rd Annual Rotary Lombardi Award Official Watch List. The Rotary Lombardi Award is given to the nation’s top college lineman or linebacker each year.
Crichton, a native of Tacoma, Wash., started all 12 games during his redshirt freshman campaign in 2011 establishing himself as a disruptive force for the Beavers earning Freshman All-America honors. Crichton finished the year fourth on the team with 74 tackles including a team-leading 14.5 tackles-for-loss – good for second in the Pac-12. In addition, he led the squad with six quarterback sacks and set the school-record with six forced fumbles. His playmaking abilities were also displayed with a fumble recovery, a blocked kick and three passes broken up.
The Rotary Lombardi Award Watch List is a reference tool for the Selection Committee. It will be periodically revised until the first round of voting is completed. The first round of voting determines the Top 25 quarterfinalists for 2012. The second round of voting will determine the final seven semifinalists or “Seven Blocks of Granite.” The third round of voting will determine the four finalists from the “Seven Blocks of Granite.” The fourth and final round of voting will determine the winner which will be announced on national television Wednesday, December 5, 2012 at The Hobby Center in Houston.
Oregon State opens fall camp Aug. 6. The season opener is Sat., Sept. 1 when the Beavers host Nicholls State at Reser Stadium.