WSU’s Ron Stone Jr. named to Rotary Lombardi Award watch list

Ron Stone Jr
Credit: Washington State University Athletics

HOUSTON, Wash. — Washington State defensive lineman Ron Stone Jr. was named to the 2022 Rotary Lombardi Award Watch List on Monday.

The Rotary Lombardi Award is presented annually to the best college football offensive or defensive lineman who shows outstanding performance and ability, along with character and discipline.

The edge rusher is the first Cougar to be named to the Rotary Lombardi Award watch list since Hercules Mata’afa prior to the 2016 season and was among the nominees in 2017.

Stone Jr. earned his first career All-Pac-12 Conference honor last season after making 11.5 tackles-for-loss, tied for fourth in the conference, and tied for eighth in the league with five sacks.

Stone Jr. was named to the Preseason All-Pac-12 First Team, the Bronko Nagurski Trophy Watch List, given to the college football Defensive Player of the Year, and the Bednarik Award Watch List, given to the most outstanding defensive player in college football.

Semi-finalists for the Rotary Lombardi Award will be announced on November 10, four finalists will be selected on November 23, and a winner is chosen on December 7.

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