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Biegel tabbed as candidate for Lombardi Award

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MADISON, Wis. -- After already earning a spot on the Bednarik Award watch list, Wisconsin junior OLB Vince Biegel continues to earn early recognition after being named to the 2015 Rotary Lombardi Award watch list Tuesday.

Biegel is one of 145 candidates up for the honor, which is limited to down linemen or linebackers who set up no farther than five yards deep from the line of scrimmage. All the delegates landed a place on the preliminary list by earning All-America honors, being named to their respective all-conference teams or receiving other 2015 preseason honors.

The Wisconsin Rapids, Wisconsin, native saw action in all 14 games last season and led the Badgers with 16.5 tackles for loss, while ranking second on the team with 7.5 sacks. Biegel helped lead the Badgers defense to a No. 4 national ranking in total defense at 294.1 yards per game, and a No. 17 ranking in scoring defense at 20.8 points per contest.

The Rotary Lombardi Award watch list will be updated prior to the start of the season in order to identify other players who have received preseason honors.

The selection committee, which is comprised of more than 500 members, will periodically update and revise the list to determine the 12 semifinalists. The 46th Rotary Lombardi Award ceremony will be held on Dec. 9 at the Bayou Music Center in Houston, Texas.

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