Rashaad Penny Named a Lombardi Award Nominee

Rashaad Penny is a candidate for the Lombardi Award.
Jan. 16, 2018

HOUSTON - San Diego State senior running back Rashaad Penny has been named a candidate for the 2017 Lombardi Award, the Lombardi Foundation recently announced. The Lombardi Award is presented to an NCAA FBS player, regardless of position, based on performance, leadership, character and resiliency.

Penny, a consensus first-team All-American who finished fifth in the final voting for the Heisman Trophy last year, rushed 289 times for 2,248 yards (7.8 avg.) and 23 touchdowns, while adding 19 catches for 135 yards (7.1 avg.) and two touchdowns, 17 kick returns for 521 yards (30.6 avg.) and two touchdowns, and two punt returns for 70 yards (35.0 avg.) and another score. He ended up leading the country in rushing yards and all-purpose yards (2,974), and ranking second in rushing touchdowns and overall touchdowns (28), fifth in kick return average, tied for fifth in kick return touchdowns and sixth in rushing yards per carry (7.78).

Penny finished with the fifth-most rushing yards in NCAA FBS single-season history (2,248) and the fifth-most all-purpose yards (2,974). Penny ended the season with five straight games with at least 200 rushing yards, joining USC’s Marcus Allen (1981), Oklahoma State’s Barry Sanders (1988) and North Texas’ Jamario Thomas (2004) as the only players in NCAA FBS history to accomplish that feat.

Penny is one of 21 candidates for the Lombardi Award, one of nine offensive players and one of only two athletes from a Group of 5 school. Up to seven finalists will be announced on Monday, Jan. 22, while the final presentation for the award will take place Saturday, Jan. 27 at Lone Star College in Houston.

SDSU finished 2017 with a 10-3 record, its school-record third consecutive year with at least 10 victories. San Diego State is scheduled to return seven starters on offense and seven on defense, along with its kicker and punter. The Aztecs kick off the 2018 campaign Sept. 1 at Stanford.

Rashaad Penny Postseason Awards
^ All-America teams recognized by the NCAA

  • Fifth-place finish in Heisman Trophy voting (most outstanding player in college football)
  • Walter Camp Player-of-the-Year finalist
  • Maxwell Award semifinalist (college player of the year)
  • Doak Walker Award semifinalist (nation’s premier running back)
  • Lombardi Award nominee (performance, leadership, character, resiliency)
  • ^FBS Consensus All-American (running back)
  • ^Associated Press First-Team All-American (running back)
  • ^FWAA First-Team All-American (running back)
  • ^The Sporting News First-Team All-American (running back)
  • ESPN First-Team All-American (running back)
  • Sports Illustrated First-Team All-American (running back)
  • USA Today First-Team All-American (running back)
  • CBS Sports First-Team All-American (running back)
  • All-American First-Team All-American (running back)
  • Bleacher Report First-Team All-American (running back)
  • ^Walter Camp Second-Team All-American (running back)
  • CBS Sports Second-Team All-American (all-purpose)
  • SB Nation Second-Team All-American (running back)
  • Mountain West Offensive Player of the Year
  • Mountain West Special Teams Player of the Year
  • All-Mountain West First Team (running back)
  • All-Mountain West First Team (returner)
  • Pro Football Focus All-Mountain West First Team (running back)
  • Phil Steele All-Mountain West First Team (running back)
  • Phil Steele All-Mountain West First Team (kick returner)
  • Associated Press All-Bowl Team
  • USA Today All-Bowl Team
  • Sports Illustrated All-Bowl Team
  • ESPN All-Bowl Team
  • Bleacher Report All-Bowl Team

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