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2014 Quarter Finalists

2014 Lott IMPACT Trophy Quarter Finalists

20 of the most accomplished student-athletes in the country were chosen as quarter-finalists for the 11th annual Lott IMPACT Trophy. Click on a helmet below to view each candidate’s profile.


Vic Beasley, DE, Clemson
Vic Beasley - 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). Hendricks finalist. On track to graduate in spring with degree in sociology.
Shilique Calhoun, DE, Michigan St.
Shilique Calhoun - Michigan State(6-4, 250, Middletown, New Jersey):
Big Ten Defensive Lineman of the Year. Third team All-American. Had 14 tackles for loss, 7.5 sacks, 18 quarterback hurries and four fumble recoveries.
Henry Coley, LB, Virginia
Henry Coley - Virgina(6-2, 240, Virginia Beach, Virginia):
Led Cavaliers with 91 tackles, 10 tackles for losses. Academic All-ACC.
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Landon Collins, S, Alabama
Landon Collins - Alabama(6-0, 215, Geismar, La.):
Second on Alabama defense with 70 tackles. Broke up six passes, defended eight, forced two fumbles and had an 89-yard interception for a touchdown against Tennessee.
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Ronald Darby, CB, Florida St.
Ronald Darby - Florida State(5-11, 190, Oxon Hill, Maryland):
Freshman All-American and ACC Defensive Rookie of the Year in 2012. World-class sprinter.
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Michael Doctor, LB, Oregon State
Michael Doctor - Oregon State(6-0, 219, Tulsa, Oklahoma):
Fifth-year senior who missed 2013 with an injury. Led team with 83 tackles (with 11 for losses) in ’12. Team captain.
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Alvin “Bud” Dupree, DE, Kentucky
Alvin Dupree - Kentucky(6-4, 252, Irwinton, Ga.):
All-SEC as a junior; made sophomore All-America 2nd team. Second on team with 61 tackles. Recorded seven sacks. Honor roll student. Member of Future Business Leaders of America.
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Ifo Ekpre-Olomu, CB, Oregon
Ifo Ekpre Olomu - Oregon(5-10, 195, Chino Hills, Ca. ):
Lott IMPACT Trophy Watch List in 2013. All-Pac 12 player for second straight season. Named 2nd team All-American. Semi-finalist for both Thorpe and Bednarik awards. Recorded 78 tackles last year. View Full Profile Here
Randy Gregory, DE, Nebraska
Randy Gregory - Nebraska(6-6, 245, Fishes, Indiana):
19 tackles for losses, 10.5 sacks, 66 total tackles. Named National Sophomore of the Year last season. All-Big Ten. View Full Profile Here
David Helton, LB, Duke
David Helton - Duke(6-4, 235, Chattanooga):
Two-time academic All-ACC. Had 11 tackles against Texas A&M in Chick-fil-A Bowl. Led team with 122 tackles with high of 20 vs. Virginia Tech.
A.J. Johnson, LB, Tennessee
AJ Johnson - Tennessee(6-2, 243, Gainesville, Georgia):
All-SEC first team with 106 tackles and 8.5 tackles for loss. Has 324 career tackles and 21.5 tackles for loss. Returning Lott IMPACT Trophy Watch List nominee. View Full Profile Here
Eric Kendricks, LB, UCLA
Eric Kendricks - 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. On Lott IMPACT Watch List last year. Father Marv led UCLA in rushing in ’70 and ’71. View Full Profile Here
Hau’oli Kikaha, DE, Washington
Hau' Olo Kikaha - Washington(6-3, 250, Laie, Hawaii):
13 sacks (2nd most in school history). Had 70 tackles. Named team defensive MVP. Garnered second team all-conference accolades. Academic All Pac-12.
Ryan Mueller, DE, Kansas State
Ryan Mueller - Kansas State(6-2, 245, Leawood, Kansas):
Former walk-on was named Big 12 Defensive Lineman of the Year. Had 11.5 sacks, 18.5 tackles for loss, four fumble recoveries and 62 total tackles. Second team All-American. On student-athlete advisory committee. Has befriended 8-year-old leukemia patient named Kaiden. Has given him his jersey and taken him to a game as his personal guest. Has his own landscaping business.
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Jordan Richards, S, Stanford
Jordan Richards - Stanford(5-11, 208, Folsom, Ca.):
Second team Academic All-American last year. Twice All-Pac 12 academic selection. 69 tackles, three interceptions last season when he was All-Pac-12 2nd team.
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Deterrian Shackelford, LB, Ole Miss
Deterrian Shackelford(6-1, 252, Decatur, Alabama):
Sixth year student-athlete. Working on Master’s degree in education. 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. Had 44 tackles, 7.5 tackles for loss last season. On Lott Watch List last season.
Danny Shelton, DT, Washington
Danny Shelton - Washington(6-2, 327, Auburn, Washington):
Academic All-Pac 12 with 3.46 grade point average. Honorable mention all-conference. Had 52 tackles last season. On Lott Watch List last season. Biggest player on this year’s Watch List.
Jaylon Smith, LB, Notre Dame
Jaylon Smith - Notre Dame(6-2, 230, Fort Wayne, Indiana):
Won Butkus Award for high school players. Recorded 67 tackles and had 6.5 tackles for loss last season.
Eric Striker, LB, Oklahoma
Eric Striker - Oklahoma(6-0, 219, Seffner, Florida):
All-Big 12 performer. All- Big 12 academic team. Had 10.5 tackles for loss last season, 50 total tackles.
Leonard Williams, DT, USC
Leonard Williams - USC(6-5, 290, Daytona Beach, Fl.):
Rated by many as best defensive player in the country. All-American (4th team) last year when he had 74 tackles, 13.5 tackles for loss, 6 sacks. Art student who has had his works displayed on campus. View Full Profile Here