USC linebacker Eric Norwood has been named to the preseason Rotary Lombardi Award Watch List, it was announced Tuesday.
Norwood is also on the Watch list for the Lott Trophy, the Bednarik Award and is a 2009 preseason first team All-SEC selection.
The Rotary Lombardi Award is presented annually by Houston's Rotary Club to the nation's top college football lineman -- offense or defense -- who, in addition to outstanding performance and ability, best exemplifies the discipline of Vince Lombardi.
On Oct. 14, the 12 semifinalists for the Rotary Lombardi Award will be announced. On Nov. 11, the four finalists will be named. All of the finalists will travel to Houston for the ceremony to announce the winner on Dec. 9 at the Hilton Americas.
Norwood, a 6-1, 252-pounder from Acworth, Ga., was a consensus first-team All-Southeastern Conference selection in 2008 after finishing second on the squad with 75 tackles, including a teamleading 14.5 tackles for loss and 9.0 sacks. He
Norwood is Carolina's all-time leader with 43.0 career tackles for loss and is third on the school's all-time list in sacks with 22.0. He has played in all 38 games over the past three seasons, making 25 consecutive starts for the Gamecocks.