TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (WTXL) - Three Florida State offensive linemen and one defensive lineman are on the preseason watch list for the Rotary Lombardi Award, given annually to the top lineman or linebacker in college football.
Those Noles thought to be among the nation's elite are tackle Cam Erving, guards Tre' Jackson and Josue Matias, and defensive end Mario Edwards Jr.
Erving came to FSU from Colquitt County High School in Moultrie, Ga. as a defensive line recruit, but made the switch to offense before his sophomore season. In 2013, Erving won the Jacobs Blocking Trophy as the top offensive lineman in the ACC, as judged by the league's coaches.
Jackson and Matias are entering their third season as starters on the FSU offensive line. Both made All-ACC squads in 2013, Jackson on the first team and Matias on the third team.
Edwards Jr. was a third team All-ACC performer in 2013, recording 28 tackles, 9.5 of them for a loss, and 3.5 sacks. He is also on the preseason watch lists for the Bronko Nagurski Trophy and the Bednarik Award.