Four Big Ten players make Lombardi watch list

Posted by ESPN.com's Adam Rittenberg

The Rotary Lombardi Award revealed its preliminary watch list for 2009 today, and four Big Ten players are among the 48 candidates to become college football's top lineman/linebacker.

Penn State named two players to the list in linebacker junior Navorro Bowman and senior defensive tackle Jared Odrick. Northwestern senior defensive end Corey Wootton and Michigan State junior linebacker Greg Jones also made the list. Don't be surprised if Michigan senior defensive end Brandon Graham is added to the Lombardi Award list at some point this fall.

Ohio State has produced more Lombardi winners (six) than any other FBS team, though Michigan defensive end/linebacker LaMarr Woodley was the last Big Ten player to win the award (2006).