Selvie, Jones, Byham on Lombardi Watch list

Posted by ESPN.com's Brian Bennett

It's never too early to start thinking about 2009 college football awards, apparently.

The Rotary Lombardi Award announced its preseason watch list today, and three Big East players made the cut.

South Florida defensive end George Selvie is the headliner. Selvie was a semifinalist for the award, given to the nation's best lineman or linebacker. Syracuse defensive tackle Arthur Jones, currently sidelined by a torn pectoral muscle, and Pitt tight end Nate Byham also made the list.

Players who didn't make this early list still are eligible for the award. Some guys who may force their way into the discussion from the Big East include Pitt's Greg Romeus and Jabaal Sheard, UConn's Scott Lutrus, West Virginia's Reed Williams and Rutgers' Ryan D'Imperio.