July 14, 2014
BOCA RATON, Fla. - Florida Atlantic University football placed three players on the 2014 Lombardi Watch List. FAU and Marshall University combined for six of the 12 Conference USA representatives.
Senior linebacker Andrae Kirkearned the team's Defensive MVP award last season and was a Second-Team All-C-USA selection. He ended 2013 with a team leading 84 tackles and recorded totals in nearly every statistical category. Kirk had three games with double-digit tackles (Middle Tennessee, Auburn and Tulane).
Fellow senior Braden Lyons who will move from offensive tackle to center in 2014, joined Kirk on the list. Lyons started every game at right tackle in 2013 and was part of the offensive line that enabled FAU to shatter its single-season record for rushing yards. He received offensive game ball honors for the games at East Carolina and against Tulane, and ended the season as a C-USA honorable mention honoree. Lyons was named to the Rimington Trophy preseason watch list earlier this month.
Junior defensive tackle Brandin Bryant rounded out the trio named to the Lombardi Watch List. Bryant started all 12 games last season, registering 29 unassisted tackles and 21 assisted stops. He ended his second season at FAU with 9.5 tackles for a loss and six sacks for a loss of 35 yards. He was on track to not only capture, but shatter the FAU TFL record until an injury shortened his final game of the year - a game that the Owls set a new record for tackles for a loss with nine. Bryant had nine games with at least one tackle for a loss and he totaled six QB hurries. He earned Honorable Mention All-Conference USA honors.
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 45th Rotary Lombardi Award will be announced on Wednesday, Dec. 10 at the Bayou Music Center in Houston.
FAU will open its 2014 season at Nebraska on Saturday, Aug. 30 in Lincoln, Neb. FAU will open the 2014 home schedule on Saturday, Sept. 13 versus Tulsa.
For more information on the Lombardi Award, visit www.rotarylombardiaward.org. For season tickets call 1-866-FAU-Owls.