November 6, 1999 - by

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.

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