Adibi named semifinalist for Rotary Lombardi Award
Senior one of 12 to make the cut
October 17, 2007

HOUSTON - Virginia Tech senior inside linebacker Xavier Adibi is one of 12 to be named semifinalists for the Rotary Lombardi Award, as announced Wednesday night by the Rotary Club of Houston.

Adibi is having his best year yet, leading the Hokie defense back up the national charts. Through seven games, he has 59 tackles, including 8.5 for loss and three sacks, to go along with an interception, four quarterback hurries and two pass breakups.

Of the 12 semifinalists, four play offense and eight play defense with Virginia's Chris Long (DE) and Miami's Calais Campbell (DE) joining Adibi as ACC players on the list. The Big 10 has four players on the list, followed by the ACC's three and the Pac 10's two. The SEC, Big 12 and Big East each have one player on the semifinalist list. Below is the full list:

Xavier Adibi, LB, Virginia Tech
Sam Baker, OT, USC
Calais Campbell, DE, Miami
Dan Connor, LB, Penn State
Glenn Dorsey, DT, LSU
James Laurinaitis, LB, Ohio State
J Leman, LB, Illinois
Chris Long, DE, Virginia
Jake Long, OT, Michigan
Alex Mack, C, California
Duke Robinson, OL, Oklahoma
George Selvie, DE, South Florida

To be considered for the Rotary Lombardi Award players must be a Division-I college football team member and meet the following qualifications:

* Be a down lineman, end-to-end, either on offense or defense, setting up no farther than 10 yards to the left or right of the ball at the time of snap.
* Be a linebacker on defense, setting up no farther than five yards deep from the line of scrimmage.
* May not come out of the offensive backfield and set up on the line of scrimmage as a blocker or receiver, or be listed as a back or receiver.
* Shows leadership, courage, desire, respect for authority and discipline.

The voting electorate is made up of the head coaches from all Division I schools, sports media personnel from across the country and former winners and finalists of the Rotary Lombardi Award. Currently the total number of voters is approximately 500.

The Rotary Lombardi Award Watch List is published in March. Players that are All-America and first-team all-conference as voted by the coaches and that meet the criteria for the award are placed on the preliminary Rotary Lombardi Award Watch List. The list is updated during the year as players are honored for pre-season all-conference teams.

The first round of voting is conducted in late September and early October. Any player that meets the criteria for the award is eligible to receive votes. From this first round of tabulated votes, the list of 12 semifinalists is created and released in October.

A second round of voting is performed in mid-October to form the list of four finalists who make the trip to Houston for the Award Dinner. A final vote is accomplished in early December to determine the winner and the decision is announced at the Award Dinner.