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Name: Rocky Lombardi (Transfer from Michigan State)
College: Northern Illinois     Number: 12
Height: 6-2   Weight: 219
Position: QB  Pos2: FB/LB
Class/Draft Year: rSr/2023

40 Low: 4.67
   40 Time: 4.76
  40 High: 4.86

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 Data Scout Notes: 2021: NAC...2020: NAC...Transfer from Michigan State


 Rocky Lombardi, Northern Illinois, Player News


  Quarterback Rocky Lombardi ran for three touchdowns and Jay Ducker ran for 146 yards on 29 carries to power Northern Illinois to a 41-23 victory over Kent State in the Mid-American Conference title game on Saturday. It is the Huskies' (9-4) sixth MAC title in the last 11 years and first since 2018 when it beat Buffalo. Kent State (7-6) was shooting for its first conference championship since winning it in 1972. Momentum appeared to be shifting to the Golden Flashes at the start of the second half. Andrew Glass kicked a 41-yard field goal on the opening drive for their first points of the game and the Kent State defense forced Northern Illinois to punt for the first time.

But on the next drive Dustin Crum, the MAC's most valuable player this season, was intercepted by C.J. Brown who returned it 26 yards for a touchdown as the Huskies went ahead 24-3. The Golden Flashes cut the deficit to 24-10 with 27 seconds left in the third quarter when Crum hit Nykeim Johnson on a 17-yard scoring strike. The Huskies ended Kent State's comeback hopes when Lombardi scored on a 3-yard keeper with 10:54 left making it 31-10. He added a 2-yard TD run nearly four minutes later. Kent State's Collin Schlee ran four yards for a touchdown and also threw a 7-yard TD pass to Luke Floriea as time expired to close out the scoring. Northern Illinois held Crum to 27 yards passing in the first half while building a 17-0 lead. - Northern Illinois/AP College Football


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  NOV 1 MAC WEST DIVISION OFFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE WEEK: Rocky Lombardi, NIU, Quarterback, Junior (R), Clive, Iowa (Valley),...Lombardi led the NIU Huskies to a 39-38 Mid-American Conference road win over Central Michigan by throwing for a season-best 348 yards on 17-of-27 passing with three touchdowns. He threw a career-long 75-yard touchdown pass and also had touchdown throws of 21 and 15 yards. In addition to the 75-yard pass, he had completions of 46 and 50 yards as he averaged 20.5 yards per completion. Lombardi's 348-yard total ranks 12th all-time at NIU and are the most by a Huskie QB since 2015. Lombardi directed the Huskie offense to an 18-point comeback victory and led a game-winning field goal drive in the final minutes of the fourth quarter. - MAC Football

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  OCT 25 MAC WEST DIVISION OFFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE WEEK: Rocky Lombardi, NIU, Quarterback, Junior (R), Clive, Iowa (Valley),...Lombardi led the NIU Huskies to a 39-38 Mid-American Conference road win over Central Michigan by throwing for a season-best 348 yards on 17-of-27 passing with three touchdowns. He threw a career-long 75-yard touchdown pass and also had touchdown throws of 21 and 15 yards. In addition to the 75-yard pass, he had completions of 46 and 50 yards as he averaged 20.5 yards per completion. Lombardi's 348-yard total ranks 12th all-time at NIU and are the most by a Huskie QB since 2015. Lombardi directed the Huskie offense to an 18-point comeback victory and led a game-winning field goal drive in the final minutes of the fourth quarter. - MAC Football

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  Rocky Lombardi threw for 320 yards and three touchdowns and freshman Kanon Woodill kicked the go-ahead field goal with under a minute to go in his first collegiate action to give Northern Illinois a 39-38 victory over Central Michigan on Saturday. Trayvon Rudolph kept the Huskies' final drive alive with a 7-yard gain off a reverse on fourth-and-1 at the 50. Jay Ducker followed with a 26-yard run and four plays later Woodill kicked a 26-yard field goal with 56 seconds left. CMU reached the Huskies' 22 with five seconds left and lined up for a field-goal attempt that ended with a low snap. NIU (6-2, 4-0) won its fifth straight to remain the only Mid-American team without a loss in conference play.

NIU came into the game with the MAC's top rushing offense and last in passing yards. But against Central Michigan (4-4, 2-2), ranked second in rushing defense and last in passing defense, the Huskies changed gears. Trailing 35-18 in the third quarter, Lombardi and Rudolph connected on a 75-yard pass play that began the Huskies' rally. They had a 36-35 lead after Clint Ratkovich's 1-yard run in the fourth quarter before Marshall Meeder gave the Chippewas their last lead on a 38-yard field goal with six minutes remaining. Ducker finished with 183 yards on 31 carries while Rudolph had 160 yards receiving and two scores and Tyrice Richie 147 and a touchdown for NIU. Daniel Richardson threw for 289 yards and three scores for Central Michigan with Kalil Pimpleton collecting 130 yards receiving. Lew Nichols III had 192 yards rushing on 22 carries with two scores. The teams combined for 1,020 yards of offense. - Northern Illinois/AP College Football


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  SEPT 27 MAC WEST DIVISION CO-OFFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE WEEK: Rocky Lombardi, NIU, Quarterback , Jr.-R, Clive, Iowa (Valley),...NIU quarterback Rocky Lombardi accounted for 401 yards of total offense with a season high 282 yards on 17-of-24 passing with a touchdown and 119 yards rushing on just 10 carries with three rushing touchdowns. Lombardi ran for touchdowns of 7, 64 and 18 yards to account for the first rushing TDs in his career, including his years at Michigan State prior to coming to NIU. Lombardi had a season-long 66-yard completion to Cole Tucker in the game. He completed 12-of-15 passes for 173 yards in the first half. - MAC Football

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  Rocky Lombardi rushed for three touchdowns and threw for another, and Northern Illinois scored 27 unanswered points to beat Maine 41-14 on Saturday. Lombardi was 17 of 24 passing for 282 yards with an interception. He carried it 10 times for 119 yards, including scoring runs of 64 and 18 yards in the fourth quarter. Lombardi's earlier 7-yard run gave Northern Illinois a 21-14 halftime lead. Harrison Waylee added 130 yards on the ground with a touchdown for Northern Illinois (2-2). Cole Tucker caught four passes for 114 yards, and Tyrice Richie had seven catches for 76 yards. John Richardson kicked two short field goals to make it 27-14 early in the fourth. Freddie Brock and Elijah Barnwell each had a rushing touchdown for Maine (1-3). Brock had 85 yards rushing. - Northern Illinois/AP College Football

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  Graduate transfers Rocky Lombardi and Clint Ratkovich have joined the Northern Illinois University football program, while a quartet of 2021 freshmen signees are also on campus for the 2021 spring semester, NIU head coach Thomas Hammock announced Wednesday. Lombardi made the announcement on Dec. 27, but the school made it official with a statement on Wednesday. - DeKalb Daily Chronicle

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  Former Michigan State quarterback Rocky Lombardi has found a new home. Lombardi, who entered the NCAA transfer portal on Dec. 18 after starting six of Michigan State's seven games in 2020, announced Sunday on Twitter that he has committed to Northern Illinois. Lombardi had a heck of a start to the season, throwing for more than 300 yards and three touchdowns in each of the first two games, including the upset victory over Michigan. However, he struggled with interceptions, and by the time he was knocked out of the Ohio State game in the second quarter with an injury, he had thrown nine interceptions against just eight touchdowns. - Detroit News

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  Calling it "one of the hardest decisions I've ever made," quarterback Rocky Lombardi said farewell to Michigan State fans Friday. Lombardi entered the transfer portal last week, and confirmed his decision in a lengthy Twitter statement. A backup the last two seasons, Lombardi emerged as the start this year under first-year head coach Mel Tucker. He showed flashes at times, leading the Spartans to victories over Michigan and Northwestern, but also was inconsistent. His last game was a 52-12 loss to Ohio State, against whom he exited early with an injury. He then didn't play in the season finale, a loss to Penn State, replaced by Payton Thorne. - Detroit News

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  Rocky Lombardi is leaving Michigan State football. The junior quarterback, who started the Spartans' first six games this season, confirmed to the Free Press he told his teammates Friday afternoon he plans to enter the NCAA transfer portal. His name officially appeared in the portal shortly after his confirmation. Lombardi is the fourth MSU player to enter the portal Friday and the ninth to do so since coach Mel Tucker took over Feb. 12. Lombardi leaves after starting nine games in his four seasons, including three in 2018.

He threw for 1,901 yards with 11 touchdowns and 14 interceptions in 22 career appearances at MSU. The 6-foot-4, 225-pound native of Clive, Iowa, completed 84 of 157 passes for 1,090 yards with eight touchdowns and nine interceptions this season, adding 39 rushing yards on 32 carries. This season, his first as the full-time starter, was up and down. He threw for 319 yards in the opening-game loss to Rutgers with three touchdowns and two interceptions. He then orchestrated a 27-24 win at Michigan, passing for 323 yards with three TDs and no picks. - Lansing State Journal


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  With one opponent left on its Big Ten regular-season schedule, quarterback once again became a concern for Michigan State football. It's not just a question of whether Rocky Lombardi will start at Penn State on Saturday after another lackluster performance; there's also a question of whether the junior will be healthy. Lombardi got knocked out of the game late in the second quarter of the Spartans' 52-12 shellacking by No. 4 Ohio State. MSU coach Mel Tucker did not have an immediate update after the game on Lombardi, who has started all six games this season for MSU.

"Rocky's banged up," Tucker said. "I don't know what the extent is, I'll find out here in a little bit, and we'll see how he is. And I know he'll be ready when he's ready." Lombardi was 5-for-11 passing for 33 yards, including a pass from his own end zone which was tipped at the line of scrimmage and picked off for a touchdown by Ohio State defensive tackle Haskell Garrett. On the next drive, Lombardi was drilled on a sack by OSU's Tyreke Smith with 4:29 left in the half as his head bounced off the turf. He appeared dazed and went to the locker room. - Lansing State Journal


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  Matt Coghlin made a tiebreaking 48-yard field goal with 3:35 left, and Michigan State handed No. 11 Northwestern its first loss of the season with a 29-20 victory Saturday. The Wildcats (5-1, 5-1) were coming off a 17-7 victory over Wisconsin that put them in contention for a spot in the College Football Playoff. That prospect likely was dashed with the loss to the Spartans, but they remain in control of the Big Ten West. The Spartans (2-3, 2-3) lost a 17-0 lead, but went back ahead by forcing three turnovers in the fourth quarter and making the most of two big kicks by Coghlin. Northwestern grabbed a 20-17 lead early in the fourth on Cam Porter's 3-yard run. The Spartans rallied on Coghlin's 44-yard field goal after forcing a turnover one snap following Rocky Lombardi's interception.

Northwestern turned the ball over again, and receiver Berkeley Holman was carted off the field following the play. Shakur Brown broke on Peyton Ramsey's pass and made contact with Holman, who lay motionless on the field while the school's medical staff evaluated him. Holman was carefully strapped to a backboard and lifted onto a cart. After Holman's teammates surrounded him to offer support, he lifted his left arm and extended his thumb. The Wildcats punted on their next possession, facing a fourth-and-10 from their 22, with a few minutes left. Lombardi converted a third-and-8 from his 38 with a run after Northwestern called a timeout, taking time off the clock until punting from midfield with 32 seconds left. The Wildcats ended the game by throwing laterals from deep in their end, trying to extend the play as time expired, only to have the Spartans recover the ball in the end zone for a touchdown at a fan-free game. - Michigan State/AP College Football


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  Rocky Lombardi is still the quarterback who lit up Michigan one deep ball after another. He's also the quarterback who's thrown five interceptions and been as off the mark as he is on it in MSU's other two games - losses to Rutgers and Iowa by the combined score of 87-34. This was a dreadful homecoming for the kid from Des Moines - 17-for-37 for 227 yards and three INTs. He feels worse about it than you do, I promise. He deserves more time to figure out if he's the guy, to figure out where his truth is as a quarterback. But what seemed like a certainty before Saturday no longer is. - Lansing State Journal

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  The Spartans' upset turned plenty of heads nationally. And the weekly awards poured in Monday. MSU was named National Team of the Week by the the Football Writers Association of America, the eighth time it has received the award and the first since shocking No. 2 Ohio State on the road in 2015 with backup quarterbacks Tyler O'Connor and Damion Terry in place of injured starter Connor Cook. Lombardi was named to to the Manning Award Stars of the Week and the Davey O'Brien National Quarterback Award's Great 8 list. He went 17 of 32 for a career-high 323 yards, throwing three touchdowns with no interceptions. - Lansing State Journal

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  Rocky Lombardi threw for 323 yards, including 196 to Ricky White, and three touchdowns to help Michigan State stun No. 13 Michigan 27-24 on Saturday. The Spartans (1-1, 1-1 Big Ten) appeared to be the better team all afternoon on both sides of the ball in Mel Tucker's debut as coach in the rivalry. Tucker became just the second coach to beat Michigan in his first attempt with the Spartans, joining Alabama coach Nick Saban, who did it in 1995. The former Colorado coach started his career as a graduate assistant for Saban and the Spartans.

The Wolverines (1-1, 1-1) were favored to win by more than three touchdowns. Jim Harbaugh's team, though, never led and didn't appear to have much energy in front of family and friends in their mostly empty stadium that holds 110,000-plus fans when there isn't a pandemic. Running back Hassan Haskins scored on a 2-yard run with 37 seconds left to help Michigan pull within three points. The onside kick was recovered by Michigan State running back Connor Heyward and Lombardi converted a fourth-and-2 from the Michigan 36 with a sneak to seal the victory. Lombardi completed 17 of 32 passes and Heyward caught two of his TD passes. White, who averaged 24.5 yards on eight receptions against a shaky secondary, also scored on a catch. Michigan's Joe Milton was 32 of 51 for 300 yards and ran 12 times for 59 yards. Haskins had eight carries for 56 yards and a TD while Blake Corum ran for two scores. - Michigan State/AP College Football


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  Jay Johnson followed head coach Mel Tucker and fellow assistant Chris Kapilovic to Michigan State from Colorado, joining the Spartans on Thursday as offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach. Johnson filled those roles last season at Colorado under Tucker. The Spartans hired Tucker last week following Mark Dantonio's retirement. Tucker brought the 50-year-old Johnson with him to East Lansing along with offensive line coach and running game coordinator Kapilovic. Kapilovic's move was announced this week. The assistants were with Tucker for his only season in Colorado. - AP College Football

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  Mark Dantonio announced his retirement Tuesday, ending a 13-year run as coach in which he guided Michigan State to heights the Spartans hadn't reached in decades. The school announced Dantonio's decision in a news release. Defensive coordinator Mike Tressel will be the acting head coach while Michigan State seeks a replacement for Dantonio. Dantonio went 114-57 as Michigan State's coach and won Big Ten titles in 2010, 2013 and 2015. The last of those three seasons included a trip to the College Football Playoff, but the Spartans declined after that. They went 7-6 this past season. - AP College Football

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  Mark Dantonio made his clearest statement yet about his future, saying he intends to be Michigan State's coach next season. Dantonio had been vague recently when the topic had come up, but Tuesday he quickly said “yes” when asked if he planned to be the coach for next season's opener against Northwestern. "I can't predict the future, but my intentions are to be the head football coach here," Dantonio said. "I've always said I live in the present, though. I've always said that." He has talked a lot lately about living in the present, and comments like that left Dantonio's future uncertain, but he seemed committed Tuesday to staying with the Spartans beyond 2019. Michigan State is coming off a 44-10 loss to Michigan last weekend and needs wins over Rutgers and Maryland to secure bowl eligibility. The Spartans have lost five games in a row.

Athletic director Bill Beekman told the Lansing State Journal recently there had been no discussion of firing Dantonio, so the focus has been on the 63-year-old coach's own wishes, and whether he wanted to return. "My father always taught me to complete circles, complete the circle," Dantonio said Tuesday. "So that's what I'm trying to do." Dantonio said Michigan State aspires to win the Big Ten title, something that's happened three times during his tenure. The most recent championship was in 2015, though, and the Spartans are 15-19 in conference play since then. - AP College Football


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