March 30, 2005
Pullman, Wash. - Washington State senior linebacker Will Derting was among 54 players named to the 36th Annual Rotary Lombardi Award Watch List Tuesday.
Derting racked up 93 tackles in 2004, including 11.5 behind the line of scrimmage with 3.5 sacks. Despite a preseason wrist injury that forced him to play the season in a cast, Derting earned second team All-Pac-10 honors. The Okanogan, Wash., native earned first team All-Pac-10 honors in 2003 and was twice named the conference's defensive player of the week following performances against Notre Dame and Oregon State that year.
"He deserves to be recognized," said WSU Head Coach Bill Doba. "Will is one of the best linebackers in the nation. He has great strength and movement. He had an outstanding season last year essentially playing with one arm and we can't wait to get him healed up and back on the field at full strength."
The preliminary candidates earned a place on the initial watch list by earning All-American honors at the end of the 2004 or previous seasons, or by being named to their respective all-conference team as selected by the conference's head coaches. Eligibility for the Rotary Lombardi Award is limited to down linemen and those defensive players who line up within five yards of the football
Derting is one of 54 players on The Rotary Lombardi Award watch list, joining fellow Pac-10 standouts Grayling Love of Arizona State, Spencer Havner of UCLA, and Marvin Phillip and Ryan O'Callaghan of California.
The 36th Rotary Lombardi Award will be presented Dec. 7 at the Hilton Americas Hotel in Houston.