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Cody a finalist for Lombardi Award

Posted by ESPN.com's Chris Low

Alabama noseguard Terrence Cody has been named as one of four finalists for the Lombardi Award, which goes annually to the nation's top lineman or linebacker.

Cody joins TCU senior defensive end Jerry Hughes, Oklahoma junior defensive end Gerald McCoy and Nebraska senior defensive tackle Ndamukong Suh as this year’s finalists.

Cody is the seventh Crimson Tide player to be named a finalist and the second in a row, joining offensive tackle Andre Smith, who was a finalist for the award in 2008. Former All-American linebacker Cornelius Bennett is the only Alabama player to win the Lombardi Award, capturing the honor in 1986.

Five other SEC players made the cut of 12 semifinalists for the Lombardi Award -- Georgia linebacker Rennie Curran, Florida defensive end Carlos Dunlap, Alabama linebacker Rolando McClain, South Carolina linebacker Eric Norwood and Florida linebacker Brandon Spikes -- but Cody was the only player in the league to make it through as a finalist.

In nine games, Cody has recorded 20 tackles, including five tackles for loss (minus-20 yards), while constantly going against double teams. He has also added two blocked kicks, two quarterback pressures and one pass breakup.