Seminole Corey Simon Chosen Lombardi Finalist
Football senior is one of four defensive linemen up for award.
Nov. 6, 1999
HOUSTON – Florida State senior nose guard Corey Simon heads a list of
four defensive standouts who have been named 1999 Lombardi award finalists.
Joining Simon in the competition for being named college football’s top
lineman are Penn State junior linebacker LaVar Arrington and senior end
Courtney Brown, and Virginia Tech senior end Corey Moore .
Simon anchors top-ranked Florida State’s defensive squad and has 68
tackles, 15 TFL and four sacks in nine games. He was named the ACC
Defensive Player of the Week following last week’s 35-10 win over Virginia
after totaling eight tackles, a sack, blocked punt and his first career
interception. A returning first-team all-America selection, the Pompano
Beach, Fla. native has had at least eight tackles in all but two games this
season for the Seminoles.
Arrington and Brown have been dominant this season for the 2nd-ranked
Nittany Lions. Brown leads the Big Ten with 11.5 sacks and 21 tackles for
loss. The Alvin, S.C. native has 37 tackles this season and is Penn State’s
career leader in sacks (31) and TFL (62). He also has a team-high three
fumbles caused and grabbed one interception, which he returned 25 yards for
a td against Purdue.
Arrington has recorded 15 tackles for loss and seven sacks, second in both
categories to Brown. He has 45 total tackles, two blocked kicks, six pass
break-ups and a fumble force and recovery for a touchdown against Purdue.
The Pittsburgh, Pa. product has been selected Big Ten Defensive Player of
the Week twice this season.
Moore is the recognized leader of a Virginia Tech unit which ranks second
nationally in both total defense and scoring defense and has helped spur
the team to a 7-0 record, its best start since 1967. He has 35 tackles this
season for the Hokies including 8 TFL and 10 sacks. He also has a fumble
return for a touchdown and a safety. The Brownsville, Tenn. native is the
reigning Big East Defensive Player of the year after leading the conference
with 13.5 sacks in 1998.
With the two honorees, Penn State is the first school to have two Lombardi
Award finalists in the same season since 1978 when they also accomplished
the feat (finalist Matt Millen and eventual winner Bruce Clark).
The 30th Annual Rotary Lombardi Award will take place on Wednesday, Dec. 8,
1999 in Houston. Sponsored by the Rotary Club of Houston, the award dinner
has raised more than $2.35 million for the American Cancer Society’s
programs of cancer research since its inception in 1970. The Rotary
Lombardi Award recipient, as chosen by a panel of more than 300 national
media members, college football coaches and past winners, will be named at
a black-tie dinner at the J.W. Marriott Hotel. For ticket information,
please call 713-973-9936.