Bailey was clearly Miami's best defensive lineman last year, and possibly their best overall defensive player. It was no surprise that he was an All-ACC first team selection on defense in 2009. He led the Hurricanes in sacks (7.0) and tackles for a loss (11.0).
Showing his versatility and "team first" attitude, Bailey played both defensive tackle and defensive end during the 2009 season and led all UM defensive linemen with 34 total tackles on the year. Bailey ranked fourth in the ACC in sacks per game (0.58) and tied for seventh in tackles for a loss per game (0.92).
For his efforts last season Bailey was named first team All-ACC at defensive tackle by the Atlantic Coast Sports Media Association, Rivals.com and Phil Steele.
Bailey has always been known a weight room junkie and led Miami players in most weight lifting categories last season. As a result, he was awarded the Strength Training Athlete of the Year at the team's 2009 annual awards banquet.
The Lombardi award is given annually to the best lineman on either side of the ball, or linebackers that line up near the line of scrimmage. 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 Rotary Lombardi Watch List will be periodically updated and revised through the conclusion of the voting to determine the 12 semifinalists for 2010. Last year's award winner Ndamukong Suh became the fifth player from the Nebraska Cornhuskers to win the award.
Suh was selected by the Detroit Lions and Lombardi Award finalist Gerald McCoy from Oklahoma was drafted by the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. As you already know both players were among the top picks in the first round of the recent 2010 NFL draft.
Now, to to test your knowledge, answer these two questions: (1) Which former UM player won the award and what year did he win it? (2) Who is the only player to win the award twice? (3) Which NFL team has drafted the most Lombardi Award winners?The 41st Rotary Lombardi Award will be held Dec. 7-8, 2010 at the George R. Brown Convention Center in Houston. For more information go to: www.rotarylombardiaward.org.
For a complete list of the Lombardi Award watch list nominees click here: