The Rotary Lombardi Award (not to be confused with the NFL's Lombardi Trophy) is presented each year to the best lineman or linebacker in college football, and on Monday, 100-plus players were named to its preseason watch list.
Offensive and defensive players are both eligible to take home the award, a 40-pound hunk of Texas pink granite molded to represent the stance of a lineman. In recent years, though, offensive linemen have been largely ignored—the past 16 recipients have all been defenders, dating back to Orlando Pace in 1996.
Last year, Manti Te'o became the second consecutive linebacker to win (after Boston College's Luke Kuechly), but the past six years have been evenly distributed among three lineman and three linebackers.
Which way will the Lombardi go in 2013? Here's a quick primer on the favorites: