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      Clemson's Thomas named to Lombardi award watch list

      Clemson, S.C. (WACH) - Clemson offensive tackle Brandon Thomas has been named to the Preseason watch list for the Lombardi Award which is given every year to the best lineman in college football.

      Last week, the all-ACC lineman was also named to the watch list for the Outland Trophy.

      The Spartanburg native has been a guard and a tackle in his three seasons at Clemson playing in 36 games and starting 23 of them. Last year he was named a first-team All-ACC offensive tackle by the ACC Media Association.

      Thomas, who already has his undergraduate degree in secondary education, is one of just two Clemson underclassmen to earn first-team All-ACC honors at offensive tackle since 1997. The other is Barry Richardson, who just finished his fifth NFL season.

      The award voters will cut the watch list to 12 semifinalists later this year. The honor will be handed out on December 11th in Houston