Bronco Quartet On Lombardi Award Watch List
July 14, 2015

  • 2015 Rotary Lombardi Award Preseason Watch List

    BOISE, Idaho -- The preseason recognition continued Tuesday morning for Boise State football as the quartet of offensive linemen Marcus Henry and Rees Odhiambo along with defensive end Kamalei Correa and linebacker Tanner Vallejo was named to the 2015 Rotary Lombardi Award Watch List by the Harris County-Houston Sports Authority.

    The list will continue to expand as the season gets underway, with the next paring set for Nov. 5 when 12 semifinalists are announced.

    For Correa and Henry, Tuesday's announcement marked the third watch list this preseason to which each student-athlete has been named. Last week Correa, a junior defensive end, was named to the preseason watch lists of the Chuck Bednarik Award and the Bronko Nagurski trophy, each given to the top defensive player in the nation. Henry, meanwhile, has previously been named to the watch lists of the Rimington Trophy (top center) and Outland Trophy (top interior lineman).

    Odhiambo earned his second selection Tuesday, having joined Henry on the Outland Trophy Watch List last Friday.

    Correa earned first-team All-MW recognition after a breakout 2014 season in which he led the conference in sacks (12.0) and ranked 13th nationally in sacks per game (0.86). He started each of the team's 14 games, racking up 19.0 tackles-for-loss. The total ranked third in the MW, and his 1.4 TFLs per game were tied for 18th nationally.

    Henry, a first-team All-MW selection in 2014, started all 14 games at center, while Odhiambo a second-team All-MW selection, started nine of his 10 games played at left tackle. The duo was instrumental in leading Boise State to victories in both the 2014 Sports Authority Mountain West Football Championship and the 2014 VIZIO Fiesta Bowl. They anchored a line that paved the way for an offense that led the MW in scoring (39.7 ppg) and total offense (494.3 ypg), while ranking ninth and 14th nationally in those categories, respectively.

    Vallejo was named to his first watch list of the preseason. The Penn Valley, Calif. native Vallejo was all over the field for the Broncos and a nuisance for opposing offenses throughout 2014, earning a spot on the All-MW Second Team. The rising junior was Boise State's leading tackler with 100, including a team-high 64 solo tackles, and ranked second on the team and fifth in the Mountain West with 16.5 tackles-for-loss. He made 3.5 sacks and led the Broncos with three fumble recoveries, including one that he returned 31 yards for a touchdown in Sept. 13's 38-21 win at Connecticut. Vallejo capped his standout campaign by being named the defensive MVP of both the Sports Authority Mountain West Football Championship victory over Fresno State and the VIZIO Fiesta Bowl win over No. 10 Arizona.

    Broncos Named To 2015 Preseason Watch Lists

    Head Coach Bryan Harsin
    Bobby Dodd Trophy

    DE Kamalei Correa
    Chuck Bednarik Award
    Bronko Nagurski Trophy
    Rotary Lombardi Award

    CB Donte Deayon
    Jim Thorpe Award

    C Marcus Henry
    Rotary Lombardi Award
    Outland Trophy
    Rimington Trophy

    OT Rees Odhiambo
    Rotary Lombardi Award
    Outland Trophy

    S Darian Thompson
    Chuck Bednarik Award
    Bronko Nagurski Trophy
    Jim Thorpe Award

    LB Tanner Vallejo
    Rotary Lombardi Award

    WR Shane Williams-Rhodes
    Paul Hornung Award


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