PISCATAWAY, NJ – Clark Harris (Manahawkin, NJ) has been named to the Rotary Lombardi Award watch list, presented annually to the college football lineman -- offense or defense -- who, in addition to outstanding performance and ability, best exemplifies the discipline of Vince Lombardi. He is one of 11 tight ends on the 123-member watch list. The recognition comes two weeks after Harris was named to the Mackey Award watch list, given annually to the nation’s top tight end.
Harris, an All-BIG EAST pick last season, is the top returning tight end in the country in both catches and yards. In 2004, Harris caught 53 passes for 725 yards and five touchdowns, eclipsing the 100-yard mark on three occasions. He caught multiple passes in all 11 games and ranked fifth in the BIG EAST (first among tight ends) in both catches per game (4.73) and yards per game (65.9). He first reached the 100-yard mark with a six-catch, 108-yard effort in a win over Kent State (9/18) and then caught five passes for 100 yards at Pittsburgh on Oct. 23. On November 20 at Navy, he set career highs in both catches (9) and yards (116). Harris ended the 2004 season ranked second nationally among tight ends in both categories.
The Rotary Lombardi Award is hosted by the Rotary Club of Houston and benefits the American Cancer Society. The Award was initiated by the Rotary Club in 1970 shortly after the death of Vince Lombardi to cancer. Since 1970, nearly $3.1 million has been raised to help the American Cancer Society's programs of cancer research, public education, and direct services to cancer patients.
The Rutgers football team opens its 2005 season on September 3 when it travels to the University of Illinois. The game is set for noon and will be televised nationally on ESPN2. The Scarlet Knights begin their home schedule against Villanova on September 10, the first of six games at Rutgers Stadium.