Aug. 22, 2005
EVANSTON, Ill. -
Northwestern senior linebacker Tim McGarigle (Chicago, Ill./St. Patrick) has been added to the 36th annual Rotary Lombardi Award Watch List and named to the Butkus Award Watch List. McGarigle is one of 65 candidates nationally nominated candidates for the 2005 Butkus Award, which is given to the nation's top linebacker. The preliminary Rotary Lombardi Watch List had been released in early May and is given to the nation's top lineman (offense or defense).
In 2004, two of the 12 semifinalists for the Lombardi Award were not included on the original Watch List (Erasmus James and Jonathan Goddard), but were recognized for their performances at the start of the year. James was eventually one of the four finalists.
Celebrating its 21st anniversary, the Butkus Award Watch List will be trimmed to 10 semi-finalists on Thursday, October 20. That semi-finalist list will be cut down to three finalists which will be announced via a national teleconference with players, coaches, media members and Butkus Award officials on Thursday, November 10. The winner will be announced Saturday, December 10, 2005 at the Butkus Award Gala in Orlando, FL.
McGarigle was a first-team All-Big Ten selection (media) in 2004 when he led the nation in solo tackles (8.5) per game. He ranked third nationally in total tackles (151). His 151 stops is the seventh best single-season tackle total in Wildcat history.
Last season, McGarigle garnered Walter Camp Foundation and Bronko Nagurski National Division I-A Defensive Player of the Week honors on Oct. 31 for his career-best 21-tackle effort in a 13-10 win over Purdue.
To be eligible for the Rotary Lombardi Award, a player must play on the line of scrimmage (which includes tight ends), or must be a linebacker who lines up no more than five yards from the ball.
The Rotary Lombardi Award Selection Committee is comprised of over 500 members, including all past finalists, all Division I head coaches and a panel of sportswriters and broadcasters.
This year's Butkus Award Watch List includes 65 noteworthy candidates that represent schools and conferences from across the nation. The independent selection committee for the award is comprised of 29 of the nation's foremost national media members, and is solely responsible for all voting in the selection process. Selection Committee members have already started evaluating the candidates and will continue their review throughout the entire football season.