MANHATTAN, Kan. (K-State release) Kansas State right tackle Dalton Risner earned another accolade this week as he was named a finalist for the 2018 Lombardi Award. Risner is one of seven finalists among all Division I football players – regardless of position – for the award based on Performance and Leadership honed by Character and Resiliency.
Risner is the first player in school history to be named a finalist for the Lombardi Award. Tim Colston was a semifinalist in 1995, while multiple Wildcats had been named candidates.
Risner is joined on this year’s finalist list by Oregon safety Ugo Amadi, Notre Dame cornerback Julian Love, Washington State quarterback Gardner Minshew II, Oklahoma quarterback Kyler Murray, Alabama offensive tackle Jonah Williams and Clemson defensive tackle Christian Wilkins.
A product of Wiggins, Colorado, Risner was named an All-American by multiple outlets, which included first-team honors from CBS Sports, ESPN and Sporting News. He was one of three players to be named the 2018 Big 12 Offensive Lineman of the Year, while he was a First Team All-Big 12 performer.
Risner led an offensive unit that finished third in the Big 12 by averaging 182.6 rushing yards per game, which included a 184.2-yard average in conference games to rank second. He finished his career by starting 50 of the Wildcats’ 51 games over the last four years.
The 2018 Lombardi Award will be presented on Friday, January 25, in Houston, Texas.