July 15, 2013
HOUSTON, Texas - It's been said that good things come in threes; for CSU Center Weston Richburg, July has certainly proven that statement true.
The senior was named to his third preseason watch list this month as the Rotary Club of Houston named Richburg as one of the top overall lineman, offensive and defensive, in the country. The prestigious award not only honors players based on game performance and athletic excellence, but takes into account lineman who best demonstrate the qualities that were paramount to late football coaching legend Vince Lombardi. Leadership, courage, desire, respect for authority and discipline are all taken into consideration to be considered for the Lombardi Award.
The Lombardi is the third preseason watch list to name Richburg as an honoree. The award, now in its 44th year, joins the Rimington and the Outland Trophies as the other major awards who have selected Richburg to their preseason watch lists.
The senior is no stranger to awards and accolades, racking up first team All-Mountain West honors in 2011 as well as all-conference honorable mentions in 2010 and 2012.
The Bushland, Texas, native helped revitalize a CSU offensive line that started 2012 with both injuries and inexperience. Richburg and company revitalized the Ram running game, leading to an increase in rushing yardage per game from 99.7 in the team's first seven contests to just under 170 yards per game in the Rams' final five.
The Animal Science major has played in every game of his Colorado State career (36) and led the offensive line unit in knockdown blocks in 2012.
Voting for the Rotary Lombardi Award is made up of the head coaches from all Division I schools, sports media personnel from across the country and former winners of the award as well as finalists of the Rotary Lombardi Award. As of 2012, the total number of voters was 500. After four rounds of voting, the winner of The 44th Rotary Lombardi Award will be announced live on national television on Wednesday, December 11, 2013 from The Wortham Center in Houston, Texas.
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