Preseason honors keep rolling in for Randall and Robinson

Trey Scott

Two Texas seniors were announced as members of the 2011 preseason Lombardi Award watch list, given annually to the nation’s top lineman.

Kheeston Randall, who has started 22 games in three years at defensive tackle, is also on the watch lists for the Nagurski and Outland trophies.

Keenan Robinson, a linebacker, is eligible for the award because he meets Lombardi Award requirements: play as a down lineman, or play no farther than five yards away from the line of scrimmage. The most recent Texas linebacker to be in the running for the award was All-American Derek Johnson, a finalist in 2004.

The fifth-year outside linebacker from Plano East was earlier named to the Bednarik and Nagurski watch lists.

In 2008, defensive end Brian Orakpo took home the Lombardi; the third Longhorn to do so and the first since 1984.