Foltz And Maponga On Rotary Lombardi Award Watch List
July 16, 2012
HOUSTON -- TCU offensive guard Blaize Foltz and defensive end Stansly Maponga appear on the watch list for the 2012 Rotary Lombardi Award, presented to college football's top lineman or linebacker.
Maponga has also been named to watch lists for the Bronko Nagurski Trophy and Chuck Bednarik Award, both presented to the nation's top defensive player. Foltz is on the watch list for the Outland Tropy, given to the nation's best lineman.
Foltz was a first-team all-conference selection last season. With his bench press of 580 pounds and squat of 800 pounds, Foltz was named to "The Freak List: The 10 craziest athletes in college football" by Bruce Feldman of CBSSports.com.
A senior from Rose Hill, Kan., Foltz appeared on the Yahoo! Sports All-Bowl Team last season for his performance in the Horned Frogs' Poinsettia Bowl victory over Louisiana Tech.
Foltz anchored an offensive line last season that paved the way for TCU to rank ninth nationally in scoring (40.8 points) and among the leaders in rushing (208.6 yards) and total offense (440.2 yards). He was key in the Horned Frogs placing fourth nationally in third-down conversions (52.0 percent) and 15th in fewest sacks allowed per game (1.0). TCU scored at least 27 points in all 13 contests while producing three players with over 700 yards rushing.
Maponga was one of four players nationally last season to rank in the top 10 in forced fumbles (five) and top 20 in sacks (nine). He topped TCU in tackles for loss (13 1/2), sacks (nine), forced fumbles (five) and fumble recoveries (two).
A junior from Carrollton, Texas, Maponga led all linemen and ranked sixth on TCU with 55 total tackles. His five forced fumbles were the most by a Horned Frog since Hughes led the nation with six in 2008.
Maponga was tabbed last month by Dave Campbell's Texas Football as the State's Best Defensive Lineman.