Campbell Named to Lombardi Watch List

MANHATTAN, Kan. Kansas State senior Ian Campbell is one of 54 players nationally and six from the Big 12 Conference named to the 2008 Rotary Lombardi Award preliminary watch list, the Rotary Club of Houston announced.


Campbell, a two-time All-Big 12 selection, enters his senior season as one of the top defensive linemen in school history and currently has 16.0 sacks and 28.5 tackles for loss over the last two seasons. The Cimarron, Kan., native tied the single-season school record with 11.5 sacks in 2006 and currently needs just two more sacks to enter the school’s top 10 career list.


Last season, Campbell was also named to the watch lists for the Bednarik, Butkus, Bronko Nagurski and Hendricks Awards and totaled 45 tackles in 2007, including a team-best 11 tackles for loss and a Big 12-best four fumble recoveries. The defensive end also recorded 4.5 sacks and one interception in which he returned for a score in a win at No. 7 Texas.


Eligibility for the Rotary Lombardi Award is limited to down linemen and those defensive players who line up within five yards of the football. The candidates earned a place on the preliminary watch list by earning All-American honors or by being named to their respective all-conference first team as selected by the conference’s head coaches. The Rotary Lombardi Award Watch List will be updated prior to the start of the 2008 season in order to identify those players who have been selected as pre-season honors candidates.


The Watch List highlights players who have already received national recognition. The Rotary Lombardi Selection Committee is comprised of more than 500 members, including all past winners and finalists, all Division 1 head coaches and a panel of sportswriters and broadcasters. The Rotary Lombardi Watch List, intended as a reference tool for the Selection Committee, will be periodically updated and revised through the conclusion of the voting to determine the 12 Semifinalists for 2008. For more information, visit


Campbell and the Wildcats open spring practice on Saturday, March 29.