HOUSTON — Oregon safety Ugochukwu Amadi is one of seven finalists for the Lombardi Award, which is given to the top Division I football player regardless of position.
The award is based on performance, leadership, character and resiliency.
Amadi, a senior, completed his Oregon career in the Ducks' 7-6 win over Michigan State in the Dec. 31 Redbox Bowl. Amadi was the first player since Alabama's Minkah Fitzpatrick in 2015 with two interception returns and a punt return for a touchdown in the same season. Amadi had three interceptions for Oregon, 55 tackles and five tackles for loss.
Amadi led the Pac-12 with a 15.93-yard average on 14 punt returns to lead the Pac-12 Conference and rank seventh nationally among players with at least 10 returns.
Among the other finalists for the award are Kyler Murray, Oklahoma's Heisman Trophy-winning quarterback and Washington State quarterback Gardner Minshew, the Pac-12 offensive player of the year.