Ohio State all-America linebacker Chris Spielman, a finalist for the Lombardi Award in 1986, last night in Houston won the 40-pound granite trophy as the nation's outstanding collegiate lineman of 1987.
Spielman was the third Ohio State player to win the award, named for the former Green Bay Packers and Washington Redskins coach who died of cancer in 1970.
Ohio State's Jim Stillwagon won the first Lombardi in 1970 and tackle John Hicks won it in 1973.
Spielman's personal achievements were somewhat overshadowed this season by the troubles surrounding the Buckeyes football program, including a 6-4-1 record and the firing of Coach Earle Bruce.
"When I look up and see myself around guys that are going to bowl games, it hurts me deep inside," the 6-foot-2, 234-pound Spielman said. "I'm jealous of them."
The other finalists for the award were Oklahoma tight end Keith Jackson, Auburn linebacker Tracy Rocker and Syracuse nose guard Ted Gregory.
Oklahoma will play Miami in the Orange Bowl with the national title likely at stake and Auburn and Syracuse will meet in the Sugar Bowl . . .
American University soccer standouts, junior midfielder John Diffley and junior defender Steve Marland, were selected to the all-Colonial Athletic Association first team; freshman forward Jon Hall was named to the all-CAA second team.