Miami defensive tackle Warren Sapp rejects the idea that he could be a better college lineman than former Hurricanes Cortez Kennedy, Russell Maryland and Jerome Brown.
Sapp picked up the Vince Lomdardi Award on Thursday night as the nation's top collegiate lineman, but rejected comparisons to Kennedy, Maryland and Brown."I know I'm not better than Russell or Cortez, or even close to being as good as Jerome was," Sapp said. "So I just take it in stride, and if my play warrants being compared to these people, it makes me feel good inside."
Brown (1986) and Maryland (1990) were Lombardi finalists, but Kennedy was not nominated for the 25th annual prize.
Sapp became the only junior ever elected a Miami captain this season and helped the Miami defense lead the nation in total defense, holding opponents to 220.9 yards per game.
Sapp has been projected as an early first-round selection in the NFL draft if he chooses to skip his senior year.
For the season, Sapp had 84 total tackles, 10.5 sacks for 62 yards in losses. He caused four fumbles and recovered three fumbles and had 25 quarterback pressures.
Sapp beat out Arizona defensive end Tedy Bruschi, Nebraska offensive tackle Zach Wiegert and Florida State linebacker Derrick Brooks for the award.