Middle Tennessee State University star linebacker T.T. Barber starts the 2014 season under the national microscope.
Barber is one of 13 Conference USA players on the Lombardi Award Watch List.
The Lombardi Award goes to the top linemen or linebacker in college football annually.
The Blue Raider linebacker finished with 119 tackles last season, the fourth-highest total in Conference USA and the most by a Blue Raider since Roosevelt Colvard had 120 in 1986.
The First-Team All-C-USA selection also had a team-best 11.5 tackles for loss, three interceptions, three sacks and two forced fumbles.
The 45th Rotary Lombardi Award will be announced on Wednesday, December 10, 2014, at the Bayou Music Center in Houston.