And then there were four.
Ohio State defensive lineman Joey Bosa, Clemson defensive lineman Vic Beasley, Arizona linebacker Scooby Wright, and Washington linebacker Hau’oli Kikaha were named the four Lombardi Award finalists.
The award is given to the nation’s top lineman or linebacker. Past winners include Julius Peppers, Warren Sapp, Terrell Suggs, Ndamukong Suh, and Luke Kuechly.
Let’s take a closer look at the four finalists.
Vic Beasley: The senior defensive end has been great off the edge once again for the Clemson Tigers. So far this season, Beasley has recorded 22 total tackles and eight sacks. Out of the 22 tackles, 14.5 of them have been for loss. The Georgia native is likey to be taken in the first round in the upcoming NFL draft.
Joey Bosa: The sophomore defensive end has continued to impress everyone around the country with his stellar play. Bosa has compiled 11.5 sacks through ten games and has recorded at least 1.5 sacks in five games this season. He ranks fifth in the country in sacks and also has 17 tackles for loss. The Buckeyes are looking to sneak into the College Football Playoff and Bosa will need to continue to play at a high level if Ohio State wants to finish the season on a high note.
Scooby Wright: Wright has been a tackling machine this season. The sophomore has recorded 118 total tackles and 12 sacks. He is second in the country, behind Kikaha, with 21 tackles for loss. He is one of the best in the country on the defensive side of the ball and has helped Arizona to a 8-2 record so far this season.
Hau’oli Kikaha: The Huskies’ linebacker leads the nation with 22.5 tackles for loss and is tied for first with 16.5 sacks. Kikaha and fellow linebacker Shaq Thompson have been a dynamic duo for Washington this season.
The winner of the coveted Lombardi Award will be announced in Houston, Texas on Dec. 1o.
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