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Oklahoma's Harris takes Lombardi Award

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Houston, TX (Sports Network) - Oklahoma defensive tackle was named the winner of the Lombardi Award as the nation's top college lineman. Harris, runner-up for the honor last year, beat out of Arkansas, of and Georgia's David Pollack.

The finalists all cast a ballot for the award, but Harris declined.

Harris is the third Sooner to win the award, joining Lee Roy Selmon in 1975 and Tony Casillas in 1985, and was the 12th finalist from the school. He had 34 tackles, nine for a loss, four sacks and 19 hurries in 13 games for the third-ranked Sooners (12-1).

"I did not really think that I was going to win this award tonight and I was speechless when I did," said Harris. "The Lombardi speaks volumes about the success of this season and that hard work pays off."

The junior defensive tackle has a tough decision, as he is considering leaving Oklahoma for next year's NFL Draft.

"It is truly a blessing to play for a school with the history of Oklahoma," Harris added. "When I looked back at past winners like Lee Roy Selmon, I knew I wanted to live in the legacy of being a Sooner gridiron great. I have accomplished that with this award tonight."

's , currently of the Baltimore Ravens, was last year's winner.

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