staff, November 17, 2015

The finalists for the Lombardi Award were announced Tuesday, and a pair of Big Ten stars are among the last four standing.

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Ohio State's Joey Bosa and Penn State's Carl Nassib, both defensive ends, join Clemson's Shaq Lawson and Texas A&M's Myles Garrett as finalists for the award given to the nation's top lineman or linebacker.

Bosa was a finalist for last year's award, which went to Arizona linebacker Scooby Wright, making him Ohio State's first two-time finalist since former star linebacker James Laurinaitis (2007 & 2008).

Nassib, a former walk-on, leads the FBS in sacks (15.5), tackles for loss (19.5) and forced fumbles (6).

The Lombardi Award winner will be announced Dec. 9.