OREGON SAFETY UGO AMADI UP FOR PRESTIGIOUS LOMBARDI AWARD – Award Given to the Top Division 1 Player in the Country

Oregon senior safety Ugochukwu Amadi has been named one of seven finalists for the Lombardi Award, given to the top Division I football player, regardless of position, based on performance and leadership as well as character and resiliency.

 Amadi’s finalist recognition comes on the heels of a senior season in which he became the first FBS player since Alabama’s Minkah Fitzpatrick in 2015 with two pick-6s and a punt return for a TD in the same season. A Jim Thorpe Award semifinalist, Amadi turned two of his three interceptions on the season into scores while also finishing with 55 tackles, including 5.0 for loss.

Oregon safety Ugo Amadi grabs one of his career interceptions against the Washington Huskies.  ( Photo by Tom Corno )

Oregon safety Ugo Amadi grabs one of his career interceptions against the Washington Huskies. ( Photo by Tom Corno )

 Over his final two seasons, Amadi amassed six interceptions, highlighted by three pick-6s, and forced four fumbles. His three pick-6s were nearly half of Oregon’s eight defensive TDs over the last two seasons, which tied Cal for the most by a Power 5 team in 2017 and 2018 combined.

 Amadi also took over punt return duties as a senior in 2018.

He totaled 223 yards on 14 returns while his 15.93 yards per return average was best in the Pac-12 and seventh nationally among players with at least 10 returns.

The Nashville, Tenn., product tied for the NCAA lead with two punt returns of 50-plus yards while five of his 14 returns went for over 20 yards.

 The award will be presented on Friday, January 25, in Houston at the Lombardi Honors event.

The other finalists include Julian Love (CB, Notre Dame), Gardner Minshew (QB, Washington State), Kyler Murray (QB, Oklahoma), Dalton Risner (OT, Kansas State), Jonah Williams (OT, Alabama) and Christian Wilkins (DT, Clemson).

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