Michigan’s Aidan Hutchinson took home some hardware on Wednesday night in Houston.
The standout defensive end was named the winner of the Rotary Lombardi Award, given to the nation’s best offensive or defensive lineman, or linebacker, who, in addition to outstanding performance and ability on the field, best exemplifies the character and discipline of NFL Hall of Fame coach Vince Lombardi.
He was selected over three other finalists: Texas A&M offensive lineman Kenyon Green, Iowa center Tyler Linderbaum and Iowa State linebacker Mike Rose.
Hutchinson, the Big Ten Defensive Player of the Year, becomes the second Wolverines player to win the award, joining Lamarr Woodley (2006).
The 6-foot-6, 265-pound Hutchinson has had a monster season, and it isn’t over yet. As Michigan and Hutchinson prepare to face No. 3 Georgia in the Orange Bowl on Dec. 31, he already set the program single-season sack record with 14, breaking the previous mark of 12 held by Woodley and David Bowens.
The former four-star recruit out of Dearborn Divine Child also is a finalist for the Heisman Trophy, which will be presented Saturday night in New York.
Hutchinson, who was limited to three games in 2020 because of an ankle injury, has 55 tackles, 10 quarterback hurries, two forced fumbles and two pass breakups this season.