PISCATAWAY, NJ - Rutgers senior tight end Clark Harris is one of 44 candidates named to the 37h Rotary Lombardi Award Watch list for the 2006 season, it was announced today. It is the second consecutive year that Harris has been named to the Lombardi Watch List.
Harris, a two-time All-BIG EAST selection, hauled in 38 passes for 584 yards and four touchdowns for the Scarlet Knights in 2005. He was the No. 1 ranked tight end in the conference for receiving yards per game (48.7) and receptions per game (3.17) as he helped lead Rutgers to an appearance in the Insight Bowl.
For his career, the 6-6, 255-pound Harris, of Manahawkin, has 109 receptions for 1,522 yards and nine TDs.
The 44 preliminary candidates earned a place on the initial Watch List by earning All-American honors at the end of the 2005 or previous seasons, or by being named to their respective All Conference team as selected by the conference's head coaches. The Watch List is updated prior to the start of the 2006 season, in order to identify those players who have been selected as pre-season honors candidates.
Eligibility for the Rotary Lombardi Award is limited to down linemen and those defensive players who line up within five yards of the football. Founded in the weeks following the death of legendary football coach Vince Lombardi from cancer in 1970, the Rotary Lombardi Award presented by Wachovia Bank has annually delivered upon the mission set forth by Marie Lombardi when she first granted the use of her late husband’s name. Her only stipulation was that all net proceeds from the event be donated to the American Cancer Society and over $3.3 million has been generated since that time, including over $140,000 in 2005.
The Scarlet Knights will open Spring Practice 2006 on March 25, which culminates with the annual Scarlet-White Game on April 22 at Rutgers Stadium. Rutgers is coming off a 7-5 season, its best record since 1992, and played in its first bowl game in 27 years when it appeared in the Insight Bowl on December 27.