Irving Named to Rotary Lombardi Watch List

HOUSTON, TEXAS - NC State senior linebacker Nate Irving has been named to the preseason ‘watch' list for the Rotary Lombardi Award.

Nate Irving, who missed the entire 2009 season after suffering multiple injuries in a car accident, will start at middle linebacker for the Wolfpack in 2010.

Eligibility for the Rotary Lombardi Award is limited to down linemen, 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. The candidates earned a place on the official watch list by earning All-American honors, by being named to their respective all-conference first teams as selected by the conference's head coaches or by nomination sent to and reviewed by the nominations committee.

In 2008, Irving set an NC State record for interceptions by a linebacker with four. Although he battled injuries for much of that season, missing almost four entire games, he was still an honorable mention All-ACC performer and tied for third on the team with 84 tackles.

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