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March 9, 2004

HOUSTON, Texas – University of Virginia sophomore Heath Miller (Swords Creek, Va.) is a candidate for the 2004 Rotary Lombardi Award, the Rotary Lombardi Selection Committee announced Tuesday on its preseason list of 54 candidates.

A 2003 Honorable Mention All-American, Miller had an outstanding sophomore season last fall. A first-team All-Atlantic Coast Conference honoree, he led the nation’s tight ends last season with 70 receptions and 835 yards, rewriting the UVa and ACC single-season records for a tight end. Miller also holds the career record with 15 touchdowns by a tight end. Named the ACC Offensive Lineman of the Week three times, the two-year starter received the team’s John Polzer Award for ability, sportsmanship, and character.

In its 35th year, the Rotary Lombardi Award is awarded annually to the nation’s finest lineman in college football. The 2004 Rotary Lombardi Award Dinner will be held in Houston on December 8. Eligibility for the Rotary Lombardi Award is limited to down linemen and those defensive players who line up within five yards of the football. The selection committee is comprised of 500 members, including all past finalists, all Division I head coaches, and a panel of sportswriters and broadcasters.

Virginia kicks off the 2004 season on Saturday, Sept. 4 at Temple in Philadelphia’s Lincoln Financial Field.

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