Ohio State offensive tackle Orlando Pace is the first two-time winner of the Lombardi Award, being selected Thursday night as the nation’s top college lineman of 1996.
The 6-foot-6, 330-pound, was the first sophomore to win the award in 1995. This year, he beat out Arizona State tackle Juan Roque, Nebraska defensive end Jared Tomich and Virginia Tech defensive end Cornell Brown.
Ohio State offensive line coach Mike Jacobs expects Pace to be a first-round NFL selection next year if he decides to forego his senior season and take that route.
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