HOUSTON – Texas Tech senior offensive linemen Le’Raven Clark (Rockdale, Texas/Rockdale H.S.) and Alfredo Morales (Arlington, Texas/Sam Houston H.S.) have been named to the preseason watch list for the prestigious Rotary Lombardi Award.
Clark and Morales both enter their final Red Raider seasons as two of the nation’s top offensive linemen after boosting a Tech offense that allowed just 13 sacks in 2014. Texas Tech also rushed for 1,836 yards, its highest team total since the 1998 season.
Clark, an All-Big 12 First Team honoree in each of the past two seasons, has started all 38 games of his Red Raider career, mainly at left tackle. He had been a member of watch lists for both the Outland Trophy and Lombardi Trophy in each of the past two seasons.
Morales, a 2014 All-Big 12 honorable mention selection started and played all 11 games at left guard last year. Over his three-years at Texas Tech, he has started 23 of his 31 career games played.
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 preliminary Watch List by earning All-American honors, being named to their respective all-conference teams or receiving 2015 pre-season honors.
Additional information about the Rotary Lombardi Award can be found at www.rotarylombardiaward.org.
Texas Tech opens the 2015 season by hosting Sam Houston State at Jones AT&T Stadium on Saturday, Sept. 5. Season tickets are still on sale and can be purchased by calling 806-742-TECH or by visiting www.texastech.com.