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Mike Rose One of Four Finalists for Lombardi Award

NCAA Football: Baylor at Iowa State

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.

Iowa State travels to Texas Tech this weekend.

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