BOISE, Idaho Football is never far from the minds of Bronco fans and Monday’s (March 2) announcement of Boise State University defensive end Ryan Winterswyk’s selection to the Rotary Lombardi Award watch list proves the 2009 season is less than six months away.

            A junior from La Habra, California, Winterswyk was one of 47 players named to the preliminary watch for the Lombari Award which is presented each season to the outstanding college down linemen or linebacker.

            Winterswyk led the Broncos in quarterback sacks last year with 4.5 for a minus-33 yards.  He also led the team in overall tackles behind the line of scrimmage with 11.5 for a loss of 48 yards.  Among all the Boise State defensive linemen last year, Winterswyk had the most tackles with 40 (22 unassisted). 

            For all his efforts in 2008, Winterswyk received first-team All-WAC honors and was named Boise State’s co-Most Valuable Player with safety Ellis Powers by a vote of his teammates.  As a freshman in 2007 he was named the team’s most outstanding defensive lineman and earned honorable mention Freshman All-American honors from the Sporting News.

            In two seasons as a starter for the Broncos Winterswyk has made 83 tackles (43 unassisted), 10 quarterback sacks, 20.5 tackles behind the line of scrimmage and broken up 10 passes.

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