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Maualuga a Lombardi finalist

Posted by ESPN.com's Ted Miller

USC linebacker Rey Maualuga is one of four finalists for the 39th Lombardi Award.

The other three finalists are: Ohio State linebacker James Laurinaitis, Texas defensive end Brian Orakpo and Alabama offensive lineman Andre Smith.

The award dinner will be held on December 10 at the Hilton Americas Hotel in downtown Houston.