HOUSTON -- LSU Tigers defensive tackle Glenn Dorsey won the
Lombardi Award as the nation's top college lineman or linebacker
Wednesday night, his third individual honor in three days.
The 6-foot-2, 303-pound Dorsey won the Bronko Nagurski Award on
Monday, given to the nation's top defensive player. He was named
the Southeastern Conference defensive player of the year earlier
Wednesday. He's also a finalist for the Bednarik award for
outstanding defensive player and the Outland Trophy for best
Dorsey said the Rotary Lombardi Award means more than any of
"This is the Heisman to me," he said. "It's basically saying
you're the best at what you do. It's a big-time award."
The other three finalists were Ohio State linebacker James Laurinaitis, Virginia defensive end Chris Long and Michigan Wolverines
offensive lineman Jake Long. Laurinaitis, the only junior, was also
a finalist for the Nagurski award and he's up for the Bednarik.
Despite playing the last five games of the season with a sore
right knee, Dorsey finished with 64 tackles, six sacks and 11½ tackles behind the line. Dorsey said his knee will be healthy when
LSU (11-2) plays Ohio State (11-1) in the Bowl Championship Series
title game on Jan. 7.
"I just need some time to heal and get some rehab done," he
said. "But I'll be ready to go."
LSU coach Les Miles sat next to Dorsey on a stage at the Houston
hotel where the award was announced. Ohio State recruiting
coordinator John Peterson sat between Dorsey and Laurinaitis.
Buckeyes coach Jim Tressel did not attend.
Laurinaitis has already seen enough of LSU to know what Dorsey
means to the Tigers' defense.
"You realize that whole unit rides off of what he does," said
Laurinaitis, the Big Ten defensive player of the year. "He's a
passionate player, extremely strong, extremely quick. With that
combination of size and speed, he's going to make offenses have
Michigan defensive end LaMarr Woodley won the Lombardi award
last year. A player from either the Big Ten or the SEC has won the
"You come out and try to play hard all the time and help your
team win," Dorsey said. "But when you get recognized for your
individual efforts, with an award like this, that's like the
biggest. It is a real honor."
The Lombardi Award was initiated by Houston's Rotary Club in
1970. The award originated shortly after its Hall of Fame namesake -- Vince Lombardi -- died of cancer.
About 500 college coaches, former finalists and media members
voted for the annual award. The Rotary Club doesn't release a
breakdown of the votes.
The 6-3, 240-pound Laurinaitis led the Buckeyes with 103
tackles, six of them sacks. He won the Nagurski award last year and
was trying to become the sixth Ohio State player to win the
Lombardi. A.J. Hawk won it in 2005.
Jake Long, 6-7, 313 pounds, was the only offensive lineman
nominated after giving up one sack all season. He's also a finalist
for the Outland Trophy.
Chris Long, 6-4, 284 pounds, is the son of Hall of Famer Howie
Long and was the Atlantic Coast Conference's defensive player of
the year. Long led the ACC with 19 tackles behind the line and
finished third nationally with 14 sacks.