SEC leads Lombardi Award Top 25 quarterfinal list

By J. Darin Darst | CBSSports.com Staff
Alabama center Barrett Jones is one of 25 players named to the Lombardi quarterfinal list. (U.S. Presswire)

The SEC is once again well represented as the conference placed nine members in the Lombardi Award top 25 quarterfinalists.

The list of players is as follows:

Alex Okafor, Texas
Arthur Brown, Kansas State
Barkevious Mingo, LSU
Barrett Jones, Alabama
Bjoern Werner, Florida State
Chance Warmack, Alabama
Chris Borland, Wisconsin
Corey Lemonier, Auburn
Cornellius Carradine, Florida State
Damontre Moore, Texas A&M
DJ Fluker, Alabama
Jackson Jeffcoat, Texas
Jadeveon Clowney, South Carolina
Jarvis Jones, Georgia
Joe Madsen, West Virginia
Johnathan Hankins, Ohio State
Jonathan Cooper, North Carolina
Kawann Short, Purdue
Khaled Holmes, USC
Manti Te'o, Notre Dame
Sam Montgomery, LSU
Star Lotulelei, Utah
Travis Johnson, San Jose State
Will Sutton, Arizona State
William Gholston, Michigan State

The Lombardi Award is awarded to the top lineman or linebacker in the nation. Last year's Rotary Lombardi Award winner, linebacker Luke Kuechly of Boston College, was taken by the Carolina Panthers with the ninth pick of the NFL draft.

The list will be cut to seven players during the last week of October.

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