Tennessee senior defensive tackle John Henderson was named one of 12 semifinalists Tuesday for the 2001 Rotary Lombardi Award given to the outstanding college lineman of the year.
Henderson, a 6-foot-7, 290-pounder from Nashville, was Tennessee's 33rd consensus All-America selection in 2000 and winner of the Outland Trophy. Through five games played in 2001 -- he missed the Arkansas game because of injury -- Henderson has recorded two sacks and four additional tackles for loss among his 28 total hits. He also is second on the team in big plays with 12.
Last season, Henderson produced 12 sacks and nine additional tackles for loss among his 71 total hits.
"Certainly from a scheme and plan standpoint, he takes up a couple of guys each time he goes out there," Vols coach Phillip Fulmer said. "So he's allowed other people to have success and has meant an awful lot to our team with his leadership. He has played really well the last couple of games since he's gotten healthy. No question he's a force to be reckoned with, and everybody's doing their best to reckon with him."
Joining Henderson on the semifinal list: offensive tackles Bryant McKinnie and Joaquin Gonzalez of Miami (Florida), guard Toniu Fonoti of Nebraska, linebackers Rocky Calmus of Oklahoma and Robert Thomas of UCLA, defensive ends Alex Brown of Florida, Kalimba Edwards of South Carolina, Dwight Freeney of Syracuse and Julius Peppers of North Carolina, and defensive tackles Wendell Bryant of Wisconsin and Larry Triplett of Washington.
Four finalists for the 2001 award will be announced the week of Nov. 11, following a second round of voting.
Those finalists and their head coaches will travel to Houston for the Dec. 5 announcement ceremony.
Golf team finishes seventh
The No. 2 ranked Tennessee men's golf team finished in seventh place at the Country Club of Louisiana Intercollegiate. The Vols fired a 292-285-292 - 869.
Freshman David Skinns recorded his third top ten finish in as many tournaments, with a seventh place finish. Skinns fired a 71-71-69 - 211 to finish 5-under par. Junior Andrew Pratt rebounded from two rounds of one over par to finish with a third round score of 70. Pratt's scores of 73-73-70 - 216 were good enough to tie him for 17th.
Junior Ian Parnaby finished tied for 24th with scores of 74-69-75 - 218, while seniors Andrew Black and Jimmy White finished in 51st and 62nd respectively. Black fired a 74-72-78 - 224 and White had a 74-74-79 - 227.
Graeme McDowell of UAB finished where he had left off after the first day, and won the tournament with scores of 70-66-68 - 204 (12-under par). McDowell beat out Lee Williams of Auburn by three strokes.
UAB claimed the team championship. The Blazers won the tournament with scores of 284-283-289 - 856 (8-under par). Auburn finished one stroke behind UAB with a 207, while Ole Miss finished in third with an 858.
The Vols have now completed the fall portion of their schedule. They ended with a four tournament record of 44-12 (.786) and 15-6 (.714) in the SEC. During the fall, the Vols finished sixth at The Ridges Intercollegiate, second at the prestigious Carpet Capital Collegiate, came back from a seven stroke deficit to claim their second Coca-Cola Tournament of Champions title, and most recently finished seventh at the Country Club of Louisiana Intercollegiate.
Tennessee will open the spring portion of the schedule at the Rice Intercollegiate in Katy, Texas, on Feb. 11-12.
Henderson in running for Rotary Lombardi Award
Published: Thu Nov 01, 2001 | Modified: Sat Aug 06, 2005 03:53 p.m.