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Jamaal Bass to Lombardi watch list

July 14, 2014
Jamaal Bass

Jamaal Bass

Northern Illinois University linebacker Jamaal Bass was named to the 2014 Rotary Lombardi Award Watch List the Rotary Lombardi Award committee announced today.

Eligibility for the Rotary Lombardi Award is limited to down linemen, end-to-end, either on offense or defense, who set up no farther than 10 yards to the left or right of the ball, or linebackers who set up no farther than five yards deep from the line of scrimmage. Candidates earned a place on the preliminary watch list by earning All-American honors, being named to their respective all-conference teams or receiving 2014 preseason honors.

A first team All-MAC selection in 2013, Bass was second on the team in tackles with 87 stops, including 51 solo tackles, while playing in all 14 games. He tallied a career-high 1.5 sacks and six tackles for loss last season as well. Bass led the team in forced fumbles with two and tied his career best in tackles in a game with 10 at Iowa.

One of 123 athletes to be named to the watch list, Bass is also one of eight players from the Mid-American Conference to make the watch list. He is joined on the watch list by linebacker Justin Cherocci and guard Andy Phillips of Central Michigan, tackle Lincoln Hansen of Eastern Michigan, and center Jacob Richard of Ball State and the Toledo trio of defensive tackle Treyvon Hester, guard Greg Mancz and linebacker Junior Sylvestre.

Bass is the third Huskie named to a preseason watch list as Tommylee Lewis earned a spot on the Paul Hornung Award Watch List July 7 and Luke Eakes was named to the Mackey Award Watch List July 8.

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