HOUSTON, TX (ASU) – Arkansas State sophomore defensive end Ja'Von Rolland-Jones has been added to the final Rotary Lombardi Award Watch List, joining Red Wolves' senior defensive end Chris Stone and 173 other student-athletes.
Eligibility for the Rotary Lombardi Award is limited to down lineman, end-to-end, either on offense or defense, who set up no farther than 10 yards to the left or right of the ball, or linebackers who set up no farther than five yards deep from the line of scrimmage.
A 2015 preseason All-Sun Belt Conference selection, Rolland-Jones collected collecting 30 tackles and two forced fumbles during the 2014 season. He led the Red Wolves with 8.0 sacks and 12 tackles for loss and earned second team All-Sun Belt Conference honors. His eight sacks ranked as the 11th most in school history for a single season, while also ranking as the 14th most in the nation and fifth most in the Sun Belt during the 2014 campaign.
The Mesquite, Texas, native recorded a school-record five sacks against Idaho, which also tied the Sun Belt Conference record and tied the most in the nation in 2014. He finished four games with at least a half-sack and was responsible for at least one tackle for loss in five games, including four of the last five he played.
This marks the second-consecutive season that Arkansas State has had two student-athletes appear on the Lombardi Award Watch List. Rolland-Jones is the only underclassmen (freshman or sophomore) on the Watch List representing a school outside the high resource conferences.
While the Watch List highlights those players who have already received national recognition, any Division I player who meets the requirements is eligible for consideration from the Rotary Lombardi Selection Committee. This committee is comprised of more than 500 members, including all past winners and finalists, Division I head coaches and a panel of sportswriters and broadcasters.
The 46th Rotary Lombardi Award will be held on December 9, 2015 at the Bayou Music Center in Houston, Texas. Proceeds from the Rotary Lombardi Awards stay in the Houston community and benefit the American Cancer Society, The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Centers / Children's Cancer Hospital, and Texas Children's Cancer Center. For more information on the schedule of events, please visit [http://www.rotarylombardiaward.org