Illinois defensive end Whitney Mercilus and Michigan State defensive tackle Jerel Worthy are among the 12 semifinalists for the Rotary Lombardi Award.
The Big Ten trails the SEC (4) and the Pac-12 (3) for the most semifinalists.
Here's the full list:
Vinny Curry -- Defensive End, Marshall, 6-4, 263, Sr., Neptune, N.J.
David DeCastro -- Offensive Guard, Stanford, 6-5, 310, Sr., Bellevue, Wash.
Dont'a Hightower -- Linebacker, Alabama, 6-4, 260, Jr., Lewisburg, Tenn.
Melvin Ingram -- Defensive End, South Carolina, 6-2, 276, Sr., Hamlet, N.C.
Barrett Jones -- Offensive Line, Alabama, 6-5, 311, Jr., Memphis
Matt Kalil -- Offensive Tackle, USC, 6-7, 295, Jr., Corona, Calif.
Luke Kuechly -- Linebacker, Boston College, 6-3, 237, Jr.,
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