Nebraska defensive tackle Ndamukong Suh has won the Rotary Lombardi Award as the nation's top lineman.
Suh also won the Bronko Nagurski Trophy this week as the nation's top defensive player, and is one of five finalists for the Heisman Trophy. He finished the regular season with 82 tackles, 23 tackles for losses, and 12 sacks.
Other awards. Penn State quarterback Daryll Clark was named co-winner of the Chicago Tribune Silver Football, presented to the Big Ten's MVP. He shared the award with Michigan defensive end Brandon Graham. . . . Jerry Hughes of unbeaten Texas Christian won the Ted Hendricks Award as the nation's top defensive end. Coatesville High product Derrick Morgan (Georgia Tech) was one of the other finalists.
Texas-size raise. With the Texas Longhorns playing for their second BCS national championship in five years, school officials agreed to raise coach Mack Brown's annual salary from $3 million to at least $5 million.
The coach's contract runs through 2016.
Brown, 58, also will get a $450,000 bonus if Texas (13-0) beats Alabama (13-0) on Jan. 7 in Pasadena, Calif.
Alabama coach Nick Saban recently signed a one-year extension to his contract that pays him $4.7 million annually.
Pushing for playoff. A subcommittee of the House Energy and Commerce Committee approved legislation aimed at forcing college football to switch to a playoff system to determine its national champion. The legislation, which faces steep odds, would ban the promotion of a postseason NCAA Division I Football Bowl Subdivision game as a national championship unless it results from a playoff.
Strong goes to Louisville. The Cardinals signed Florida defensive coordinator Charlie Strong to replace the fired Steve Kragthorpe as coach. Strong received a five-year contract with a base salary of $1.6 million a year.
Bowden aides out. Four assistants to Bobby Bowden at Florida State will not be retained after the Jan. 1 Gator Bowl against West Virginia: Dexter Carter, Chuck Amato, Todd Stroud, and Jody Allen.
Incoming head coach Jimbo Fisher is cleaning house.
Lincoln's all-stars. Lincoln University's Trey Thomas, Frank Lee, Denorris Griffin and Kareem Dennis have been picked to play in the All-American Bowl on Saturday in Minneapolis.