Harris a finalist for Lombardi again


Tuesday, November 11th 2003, 12:00 am
By: News On 6


HOUSTON (AP) _ For the second straight year, Oklahoma defensive tackle Tommie Harris has been named a finalist for the Rotary Lombardi Award, given annually to the college football player deemed the nation's top lineman or linebacker.

Arkansas offensive lineman Shawn Andrews, UCLA defensive lineman David Ball and Georgia defensive lineman David Pollack are the other finalists for the award, to be presented Dec. 10 in Houston.

Finalists, announced Tuesday, were selected in a secret vote of more than 400 members of the Rotary Lombardi Selection Committee, comprised of media members, all Division I coaches and the 30 living past winners.

Harris is the 13th player to be selected a finalist for a second time and the first since Ohio State's Andy Katzenmoyer in 1997 and 1998.

The 6-foot-3, 289-pound junior is also the 12th Sooner to be named a finalist. The only Oklahoma players to win the award are Lee Roy Selmon in 1975 and Tony Casillas in 1985.

NFL Hall of Fame offensive lineman Jackie Slater will be the keynote speaker of the 2003 event, which will be held at Reliant Stadium.