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IOWA CITY, Iowa — University of Iowa senior offensive lineman Brandon Scherff is 1-of-12 players named to the semifinal list for the 2014 Rotary Lombardi Award. The announcement was made late Monday by the Rotary Club of Houston. The 45th Rotary Lombardi Award will be presented Dec. 10, in Houston, Texas.
Scherff, a native of Denison, Iowa (Denison HS), is 1-of-2 offensive players among the semifinal candidates. A list of four finalists will be announced Monday, Nov. 17. The 6-foot-5, 320-pound left tackle has started all eight games this season. He has 21 consecutive starts and has started 31 games in his career.
Scherff has helped the Hawkeyes post a 6-2 record to date, including a 3-1 Big Ten Conference mark. Earlier this season he was named a first team mid-season All-American by ESPN.com, CBSSports.com, SportingNews.com and Phil Steele. Prior to the season, Scherff was 1-of-5 players named to the Big Ten Conference West Division Players to Watch list.
Prior to his final season, Scherff was named to Watch Lists for the Rotary Lombardi Award and the Outland Trophy. He was a preseason first team All-American by USA Today, Bleacher Report, and the website College Sports Madness.
A year ago, Scherff started all 13 games as Iowa posted an 8-5 record. He was named second team All-America by the Football Writers Association (FWAA) and third team All-America by both Athlon Sports and Lindy’s. He earned first team All-Big Ten honors from league coaches and was Iowa’s offensive Most Valuable Player. He has been a member of Iowa’s Leadership Group in each of the last four years.
Scherff is the sixth Iowa lineman to be named a semifinalist for the Rotary Lombardi Award. Defensive end Adrian Clayborn was a finalist for the award as a senior in 2010. Additional Hawkeyes named as semifinalists include Jeff Drost (1986), Mike Devlin (1992), Jared DeVries (1998) and Robert Gallery (2003).