Iowa State linebacker Mike Rose is one of four finalists for the Lombardi Award, given to the nation’s top college football offensive or defensive lineman.
Rose joins a list that includes Texas A&M offensive lineman Kenyon Green, Michigan defensive end Aidan Hutchinson and Iowa center Tyler Linderbaum.
Rose qualifies as a linebacker because, per Lombardi Award criteria, he sets up no further than five yards away from the line of scrimmage. He is the only linebacker among the final four.
Rose, a former three-star recruit in the 2018 class, has started every game for the Cyclones since he arrived, and was the first true freshman to start a season opener since 2006. As a freshman, he had 75 tackles, 9 tackles for loss, and 1 1/2 sacks, receiving Honorable Mention All-Big 12 and First Team Freshman All-American honors by the FWAA and The Athletic.
Rose again started every game in 2019 and was named to the First Team Academic All-Big 12 and an honorable mention on the All-Big 12 Team.
Rose broke out in 2020, leading the Big 12 in tackles and interceptions. He was recognized as the Big 12 Defensive Player of the Year, first-team All-American (Phil Steele & The Athletic), and first-team All-Big 12.
So far this season, Rose has 56 tackles, 6.5 tackles for loss, and one sack as the leader of Cyclones’ defense.
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