The preseason watch lists keep rolling in and Wisconsin Badgers right tackle Rob Havenstein is on another one, as he was one of the whopping 123 players announced Monday on the watch list for the Lombardi Award, given annually to the best lineman or linebacker in college football.
Named after legendary coach Vince Lombardi, the Rotary Club of Houston has given the honor out annually since 1970.
No Wisconsin player has won the award.
Havenstein was named to the watch list for the Outland Trophy, given to college football’s best interior lineman, last week.
A 6-foot-8, 327-pound fifth-year senior from Mount Airy, Md., Havenstein has started 27 straight games at right tackle for the Badgers and was a second-team All-Big Ten selection in 2013 in voting by the conference’s coaches. He was an honorable mention selection in the media vote.
He bypassed the NFL draft to return for his final year of eligibility in Madison, telling reporters before the Badgers’ Capital One Bowl matchup with South Carolina on Jan. 1:
“No. I don’t feel prepared. I don’t feel ready enough to take that next step. I want to refine my skills and get as much of a leg up on the competition as I can.
“I just feel like I need another year to get better, Plus, college is a lot of fun.”
According to nfldraftscout.com, Havenstein is ranked 17th at offensive tackle prospects for the 2015 draft.