July 13, 2011
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IOWA CITY, Iowa — Junior offensive lineman Riley Reiff has been named to the Rotary Lombardi Award watch list. This is the 42nd year the award has named the nation’s college lineman of the year.
Reiff (6-6, 300) has been named a preseason All-American by four media outlets and has been named to the Outland Trophy (nation’s best interior lineman) watch list. He was No. 49 on the Rivals.com Top 100 Players Countdown. Reiff was one of five linemen nationwide selected to the Playboy magazine All-America team. The Parkston, S.D., native was also named a second-team preseason All-American by Consensus Draft Services (CDS) and third-team All-American by Phil Steele and Athlon Sports. Reiff was a first-team All-Big Ten preseason pick by Lindy’s and Athlon Sports. He started all 13 games for the Hawkeyes in 2010 and earned second-team All-Big Ten honors.
Former Hawkeye defensive end and 2011 NFL first round pick Adrian Clayborn was a finalist for the award last year.
The 42nd Rotary Lombardi Award will be held Dec. 6-7, 2011 at Reliant Center in Houston, Texas.
Iowa opens its 2011 season against Tennessee Tech on Sept. 3 at Kinnick Stadium. Kickoff is 11 a.m. (BTN HD).