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The Lott IMPACT Trophy Names Four Finalists
- Updated: December 3, 2014
The Pacific Club IMPACT Foundation has announced the four finalists for the 11th annual Lott IMPACT Trophy brought to you by Mercedes-Benz USA.
The four outstanding student-athletes are Landon Collins of Alabama, David Helton of Duke, Eric Kendricks of UCLA and Hau’oli Kikaha of Washington.
Both Alabama (DeMeco Ryans in 2005) and UCLA (Anthony Barr in 2013) have had players win the Lott IMPACT Trophy in the past. This is the first time Duke and Washington have had a player named a finalist.
These distinguished young men represent the qualities embodied by Hall of Famer Ronnie Lott – Integrity, Maturity, Performance, Academics, Community and Tenacity.
The winner of the 2014 Lott IMPACT Trophy will be announced at The Lott IMPACT Trophy Award Banquet, held at the Pacific Club in Newport Beach on December 14. The award show will be televised live on Fox Sports at 7PM PST, and will be hosted by Fox Sports’ Joel Klatt and Jenny Taft. Mike Pereira, former Vice President of Officiating of the National Football League will be featured as the keynote speaker and introduce honorary Lott IMPACT Trophy recipient Tim McCarthy.
The Pacific Club IMPACT Foundation will make a $25,000 donation to the general scholarship fund of the winner’s university and $5,000 to each of the schools of the runner-ups. In 10 years, the Pacific Club IMPACT Foundation has now donated more than $1 million, including nearly $500,000 to universities throughout the country.
2014 Lott IMPACT Trophy Finalists
Landon Collins, Alabama, S
David Helton, Duke, LB
Eric Kendricks, UCLA, LB
Hau’oli Kikaha, Washington, LB
A look at the 2014 Lott IMPACT Trophy Finalists
Junior, 6-0, 215
Performance: 84 tackles this season (2nd on team). Three interceptions, nine passes defended. SI Mid-season All-American and CFB Mid-season All-American. Finalist for Nagurski Award.
Character: “Landon is not only an outstanding player, but he is an equally impressive person who takes great pride in what he does on and off the field,” says Alabama Coach Nick Saban. “He is one of the hardest workers we have on our team and takes advantage of each and every opportunity with which he is presented. It is a pleasure to coach Landon each day and I am certain he will be successful in life no matter what he chooses due to his work ethic and leadership.”
Senior, 6-4, 235
Performance: Ranks first in ACC with 10.8 tackles per game and 15th in the country with 125 total tackles. Had 18 tackles in one game (Pitt), six games with double figure tackles. Over 300 tackles in career. Lott Player of the Week in Week Eight.
Character: National Football Foundation Scholar-Athlete, Finalist for Campbell (academic Heisman) Trophy, Academic All-ACC selection 2011, 2012, 2013, CoSida academic all-district 2013, 2014. Raised funds two years ago to assist with medical care for a roommate who had been injured off campus. David Cutcliffe, Duke Head Coach: Through his young life, David has already made the world a better place to live. He is just so focused. He’s an equipped young man. He’s mature and he’s very equipped to handle being a leader and the pressure that goes with being a Mike linebacker.”
Senior, 6-0, 230
Performance: Three-time Lott IMPACT Player of the Week. Ranks fifth in country in total tackles with 139 and first in solo tackles with 96. Led Pac-12 in tackles as a sophomore. Has most tackles in UCLA history. Second team Mid-season All-American by SI, CBS and CFB.
Character: Named to Senior Class Award list. Athletic Director’s Honor Roll six different times. “He’s a guy that you think he’s got it, and he just keeps getting better,” says UCLA Defensive Coordinator Jeff Ulbrich. Team captain last two years. Kendricks: “We have to lead by example and work day in and day out, putting our hard hats on and not taking any days off.”
Senior, 6-3, 250
Performance: Leads NCAA with 18 sacks and is second with 24 tackles for loss. Has 67 total tackles, two forced fumbles (one fumble recovery), two passes broken up and two passes defended. Lott IMPACT Player of the Week twice this season. SI Mid-season All-American (2nd team) and CFB Mid-season All-American (2nd team).
Character: Carries a 3.51 GPA majoring in American Ethics Studies. Academic All-Pac-12 last season and academic All-District. Has studied abroad in Tahiti. Head Coach Chris Peterson: “He is an unbelievable student, a fantastic teammate, a hard worker and an incredibly humble leader. Hau’oli is truly a special student-athlete and person.”
Previous Winners of the Lott IMPACT Trophy:
2004 – David Pollack, Georgia
2005 – DeMeco Ryans, Alabama
2006 – Dante Hughes, Cal
2007 – Glenn Dorsey, LSU
2008 – James Laurinaitis, Ohio State
2009 – Jerry Hughes, TCU
2010 – J.J. Watt, Wisconsin
2011 – Luke Kuechly, Boston College
2012 – Manti Te’o, Notre Dame
2013 – Anthony Barr, UCLA