University of South Carolina junior defensive end Jadeveon Clowney on Monday was named to the preliminary watch list for the 2013 Rotary Lombardi Award.

Clowney, a 6-6, 274-pounder from Rock Hill, was a unanimous All-America selection as a sophomore last season and a finalists for the Lombardi Award. The SEC’s Defensive Player of the Year finished sixth in the Heisman Trophy balloting after recording 54 tackles, including a school record 23.5 tackles for loss and a school record 13.0 quarterback sacks. Last week, Clowney was named to the Maxwell Award, Bednarik Award and Nagurski Award watch lists.

Eligibility for the Rotary Lombardi Award is limited to down linemen, end-to-end, either on offense or defense, who set up no farther than 10 yards to the left or right of the ball, or linebackers who set up no farther than five yards deep from the line of scrimmage. The candidates earned a place on the preliminary watch list by earning All-American honors, being named to their respective all-conference teams or receiving 2013 pre-season honors. The Rotary Lombardi Award Watch List will be updated prior to the start of the 2013 season in order to identify other players who have received significant pre-season honors.