HOUSTON — Oregon senior safety Ugochukwu Amadi won the Lombardi Award on Friday night, given to the top FBS player based on the award's criteria of "performance and leadership honed by character and resiliency."
Amadi was one of seven national finalists for the award. Among the other finalists were Heisman Trophy-winning quarterback Kyler Murray of Oklahoma and Clemson All-American defensive tackle Christian Wilkins.
Until 2017, the award was given to the best college football defensive lineman or linebacker. Stanford running back Bryce Love won the Lombardi Award last year, the first year under its new criteria.
Amadi became the first player from a Power 5 Conference school since 2015 to return two interceptions and a punt for a touchdown in the same season. Amadi started all 13 games for the Ducks and finished the season with 55 tackles, including five for loss and 1.5 sacks. He had three interceptions, eight pass breakups and had a 15.9-yard average as a punt returner, including a touchdown return against UCLA.