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Nine Student-Athletes Named Lott IMPACT Trophy Semi-Finalists
- Updated: November 12, 2014
The Pacific Club IMPACT Foundation today announced the nine semi-finalists for the 11th annual Lott IMPACT Trophy.
The student-athletes represent the qualities embodied by the award – Integrity, Maturity, Performance, Academics, Community and Tenacity.
The Pac-12 dominated the selections with five players chosen while both the SEC and ACC had two each.
Ballots to select the winner (and finalists) will be sent to more than 400 national voters, a panel that includes former coaches and players, members of the media, past Lott IMPACT Trophy winners and finalists as well as members of the Board of Directors for the Pacific Club IMPACT Foundation, the sponsors of the award.
The four finalists will fly to Newport Beach for a black-tie gala at the Pacific Club on Dec. 14 where the winner will be announced, broadcast live on Fox Sports at 7 PM PST. 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 school’s of the runner-ups.
In 10 years, the The Pacific Club IMPACT Foundation has donated more than $1 million, including nearly $500,000 to universities throughout the country.
2014 Lott IMPACT Trophy Semi-Finalists
Vic Beasley, Clemson, DE
Landon Collins, Alabama, S
Ifo Ekpre-Olomu, Oregon, CB
David Helton, Duke, LB
Eric Kendricks, UCLA, LB
Hau’oli Kikaha, Washington, LB
Jordan Richards, Stanford, S
Deterrian Shackelford, Ole Miss, LB
Leonard Williams, USC, DT
A Look at The Semi-Finalists:
Vic Beasley, DE, Clemson (6-2, 235, Adairsville, Ga. ): Consensus All-American, 23 tackles for loss (3rd in the nation), 13 sacks (tied for 3rd in the nation) last season. Hendricks finalist. Graduated in spring with degree in sociology. Among leaders in country with 8 sacks and 12.5 tackles for losses. CFB Mid-season All-American. CBS Mid-season All-American.
Landon Collins, S, Alabama (6-0, 215, Geismar, La.): Leads Alabama with 60 tackles. Has one interception and has defended seven passes. Projected first round pick. ESPN Mid-season All-SEC. SI Mid-season All-American, CFB Mid-season All-American. CBS Mid-season All-American (2nd team).
Ifo Ekpre-Olomu, CB, Oregon , (5-10, 195, Chino Hills, Ca. ): Lott IMPACT Trophy Watch List in 2013. All-Pac 12 player last two years. Named 2nd team All-American. Semi-finalist for both Thorpe and Bednarik awards. Has 51 tackles, six passes broken up, eight passes defended and one interception. SI Mid-season All-American, ESPN Mid-season All-American, CFB Mid-season All-American (2nd team)
David Helton, LB, Duke (6-4, 235, Chattanooga): Three-time academic All-ACC. Leads team with 94 tackles this season, 16th in the country. Had 133 tackles as a junior. Lott POW Week 8 (18 tackles vs. Pitt). Campbell (academic Heisman) finalist with 3.6 GPA in psychology. National Football Foundation Scholar-Athlete.
Eric Kendricks, LB, UCLA (6-0, 228, Fresno): Led Pac-12 in tackles with 150 in 2012, 3rd in conference last season with 105. Athletic Director’s Honor roll student multiple times. On Lott IMPACT Watch List last year. Named to Senior CLASS Award list. Named Lott IMPACT Player of the Week three times this season (16 tackles, interception return for touchdown against Virginia/10 tackles, fumble recovery against Arizona State/16 tackles, interception vs. Colorado). No. 6 in the country with 114 tackles. CFB Mid-season All-American (2nd team). CBS Mid-season All-American (2nd team). SI Mid-season All-American (2nd team).
Hau’oli Kikaha, DE, Washington (6-3, 250, Laie, Hawaii): Has 22.5 tackles for loss, 16.5 sacks (both lead the nation). Has 57 tackles, two forced fumbles, two passes defended and two passes broken up. Academic all-district this year. Has a GPA of 3.51, majoring in American Ethnics Studies. Named team defensive MVP last season. Garnered second team all-conference accolades last season. Academic All Pac-12. Lott POW, Week 3 and Week 6.
Jordan Richards, S, Stanford (5-11, 208, Folsom, Ca.): Second team Academic All-American last year. Twice All-Pac 12 academic selection. All-Pac-12 2nd team. Second on team this year with 61 tackles, 2.5 for losses, one interception, three forced fumbles. Team Captain. National Football Foundation Scholar-Athlete (3.31 GPA in public policy). Finalist for Campbell Award (academic Heisman). Senior CLASS Award nominee. ESPN Mid-season All-American., CFB Mid-season All-American (2nd team). SI Mid-season All-American (2nd team).
Deterrian Shackelford, LB, Ole Miss (6-1, 252, Decatur, Alabama): Sixth year student-athlete. Working on Master’s degree in education. Graduated in three years. Has been on SEC Honor Roll five times. National Football Foundation scholar-athlete semi-finalist last year. Twice nominated for Wuerffel Trophy. Also nominated for AFCA Good Works team and was a Coach Wooden Citizenship Cup nominee. Has 44 tackles, 5 tackles for loss, 2 sacks, 2 quarterback hurries and a forced fumble this season. On Lott Watch List last season. Senior CLASS Award nominee. Campbell (academic) nominee. AFCA Good Works Team.
Leonard Williams, DT, USC (6-3) (6-5, 300, Daytona Beach, Fl.): Rated by many as best defensive player in the country. All-American (4th team) last year. Projected first round NFL pick. Has 4.5 sacks, 48 tackles and 3 forced fumbles this season. ESPN Mid-season All-American. CFB Mid-season All-American, SI Mid-season All-American.
Past 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