USC senior defensive end Melvin Ingram has been named a national semifinalist for both the Rotary Lombardi and the Chuck Bednarik awards.
Ingram, a 6-2, 276-pounder from Hamlet, N.C., was a first-team Midseason All-American, according to Phil Steele. He is a three-time SEC Player of the Week this season and has scored three touchdowns. He is third in the SEC in sacks and tied for seventh in the league in tackles for loss.
The Rotary Lombardi Award is given annually to the best college football lineman or linebacker. A dozen players are considered semifinalists, including four from the SEC. The Bednarik Award is given to the nation’s Defensive Player of the Year. The semifinal list includes 16 candidates, six of whom are from the SEC.