“IF YOU CAN BELIEVE IT, THE MIND CAN ACHIEVE IT.”
The annual Lott IMPACT Trophy goes to the college football defensive player who has had the biggest IMPACT on his team both and off the field. IMPACT stands for Integrity, Maturity, Performance, Academics, Community and Tenacity. In other words, character counts.
Please vote for your top four (4) candidates on the basis of CHARACTER and PERFORMANCE.
To vote, follow the instructions outlined in your electronic ballot e-mail.
MEET THE CANDIDATES
* STATS UPDATED AS OF NOVEMBER 28th *
Jamal Adams, S, LSU | 6-1, 213, Carrollton, Texas
Most Recent Game Stats (vs. Texas A&M): 5 tackles, 2 tackles for losses, and 1 sack
Jamal is the 2nd leading tackler for LSU’s defense with 70 tackles, 3 passes broken up and 4 passes defended. He also has one forced fumble, a fumble recovery and an interception.
He is a projected first round pick. He is also a Midseason All-American (Pro Football Focus) and a 2nd team Midseason All-American (SI).
“I didn’t expect what I saw. I’m saddened. They’re still going through adversity and still smiling.” – Jamal Adams after visiting a shelter where families were housed after floods in Louisiana last August.
Team Record: 7-4
Jonathan Allen, DL, Alabama | 6-3, 294, Leesburg, Virginia
Most Recent Game Stats (vs. Auburn): 7 tackles and 2 tackles for losses
Jonathan has 53 tackles and 11.5 tackles for losses for the Crimson Tide. He also has 7 sacks, a 75-yard fumble return for a touchdown, a 29-yard fumble return for a touchdown, a blocked kick and 13 quarterback hurries.
He will graduate in December with a degree in financial planning. He is a first team Midseason All-American (USA, Pro Football Focus) and a projected first round pick.
“There’s nothing that Jonathan has been asked to do that he hasn’t done to the best of his ability. He is the definition of a student-athlete and possesses the kind of drive and self determination to be the best at whatever he sets his mind to throughout his life” – Nick Saban, Alabama Coach
“He’s a quality, quality kid. Represents his family and his school with great class. He’s a perfect candidate for your award. I love covering kids like that” – Aaron Suttles, Tuscaloosa News (Alabama beat reporter).
Team Record: 12-0
Budda Baker, S, Washington | 5-10, 180, Bellevue, Washington
Most Recent Game Stats (vs. Washington State): 8 tackles, 2 tackles for losses, and an interception
Budda has 60 tackles, 9 tackles for losses, 1 forced fumble and 2 interceptions for the Huskies defense. He is a Honorable Mention All-Pac-12 Academic and a First Team Midseason All-American (SI, USA, ESPN).
He played on three straight 14-0 high school football teams. He is a State high school sprint champion.
“He’s very athletic, instinctive and physical, which are three things that make him a great DB.” – A Pac-12 offensive coach on Budda Baker.
Team Record: 11-1
Adoree’ Jackson, CB, USC | 5-11, 185, Belleville, Illinois
Most Recent Game Stats (vs. Notre Dame): 2 tackles, 1 pass broken up, 3 touchdowns 3 different ways- a 97-yard kickoff return, a 55-yard punt return and a 52-yard reception. He also had a 12-yard run.
Adoree’ is a two-time Lott IMPACT Player of the Week (Week 7, Week 11). He is 3rd in the nation in punt returns with a 15.9 yard per put return average. He is 6th in the nation in kick returns with a 30.5 yard per kickoff return average. He has 973 total yards in punt and kick returns with 4 special teams touchdowns, 52-yard receiving yards with 1 touchdown, and 49 rushing yards.
He is USC’s returning MVP from 2015 and plays multiple positions on offense (wide receiver) and defense (cornerback). He was named All Pac-12 last season and made several All-American teams. He has 51 tackles this season, including 2 tackles for losses, 4 interceptions, 11 passes broken up, and 2 fumble recoveries.
He is a projected first or second round pick and a 2nd team Midseason All-American (SI).
“He is the most humble, flamboyant kid I have ever seen.” – Scott Attenberg high school football coach
“He’s one of the most football-smart guys I’ve ever been associated with. So instinctive. It literally takes a walk-through meeting and he’s ready to go.” – Clay Helton, USC Head Coach
Team Record: 9-3
Andrew King, LB, Army | 6-0, 246, Queens Village, NY
Most Recent Game Stats (vs. Morgan State): 4 tackles
Andrew has 85 tackles, 8 tackles for losses, 4 sacks, 2 fumble recoveries and 2 forced fumbles for the Black Knights. He is a Platoon Leader and Honor Officer as well as a Battalion Commander.
He is majoring in Law and Legal Affairs and has over a 3.0 GPA. Father is a NY Policeman who was a first responder on 9/11. He also plays lacrosse.
“Cadet King is one of the finest young men I have ever been associated with in my (28 year) teaching and coaching career. Even at an institution known for producing the world’s finest leaders, he stands out. He has influenced hundreds of cadets and inspired a generation of future leaders to live honorably, work hard and be servant-minded. – Army Head Coach Jeff Monken
“It was something I thought about since seeing my Dad going to work every day after 9/11. I think it’s an honor to be wearing an Army uniform. I feel a sense of pride to serve my country. It feels good to give back to the country that has given so much to me. I think a lot of kids my age feel that way, but they aren’t necessarily willing to do it.” – Andrew King
Team record: 6-5
Desmond King, CB, Iowa | 5-11, 200, Detroit
Most Recent Game Stats (vs. Nebraska): 1 tackle, 1 punt return for 44 yards and 2 kick returns for 80 yards
Desmond has 53 tackles this season and has broken up 7 passes. He has 2 interceptions on the season, including a 41-yard interception return against Purdue along with a fumble recovery in the end zone against Wisconsin.
He averages 9.8 yards per punt return and 27.2 yards per kickoff return. He is a Midseason All-American (Pro Football Focus) and a 2nd team Midseason All-American (SI). He has 206 career tackles for the Iowa Hawkeyes.
Last year he had 8 interceptions (2nd in the country), was a unanimous consensus All-American last season as well as a Thorpe winner as the top defensive back in the nation. Last year he also won the Jack Tatum Award and was the Big Ten Defensive Back of the Year.
Will graduate in December in 3 ½ years.
“Desmond has shown great leadership and determination on the football field, but he has also shown it in the classroom and the community.” – Kirk Ferentz, Head Coach, Iowa
Team Record: 8-4
Micah Kiser, LB, Virginia | 6-2, 240, Baltimore
Most Recent Game Stats (vs. Virginia Tech): 14 tackles, and 1 forced fumble
Micah leads the Cavaliers defense with 134 tackles (3rd in the nation, 4th most in school history), has 10 tackles for losses, 6.5 sacks, 4 forced fumbles, 2 fumble recoveries, one interception and 3 quarterback hurries.
He was named All-ACC and 3rd team All-American.
He was named to the ACC Academic Honor Roll and volunteers for the Ronald McDonald House and Agape House.
“He is bright, well-spoken and hard-working…I think he has the ability and personal qualities to make an outstanding attorney.” – James S. Todd, Ph.d, Lecturer in Politics, University of Virginia
Team Record: 2-10
Raekwon McMillan, LB, Ohio State | 6-2, 240, Hinesville, Ga.
Most Recent Game Stats (vs. Michigan): 16 tackles and 1 QB hurry
Raekwon leads the Ohio State Buckeyes defense with 87 tackles, 4.5 tackles for losses and 2 forced fumbles. He is one of the Buckeyes’ 2016 team captains.
He is a first team Midseason All-American (SI, ESPN) and a projected first round pick. He is also a finalist for the Butkus award.
“I’d rather have two tackles and them not score a touchdown. I’m that type of guy, man. I’m not really worried about breaking records or anything like that. As long as we’re up on the scoreboard and they have less points than us I’ll be OK.” – Raekwon McMillan
Team Record: 11-1
Jabrill Peppers, LB, Michigan | 6-1, 208, East Orange, NJ
Most Recent Game Stats (vs. Ohio State): 7 tackles, 1 interception, and a 44-yard kickoff return
Jabrill has 70 tackles, 16 tackles for losses and 8 quarterback hurries after having just moved to linebacker in the spring. He has been named Lott Impact Trophy Player of the Week twice (Week 3, Week 9).
He is a versatile athlete who returns kicks and punts while starting on defense and playing some running back (2 touchdowns vs. Rutgers, one vs. Michigan State). He averages 17.3 yards per punt return (3rd in the nation) and has accounted for 700 total yards this season.
He set a New Jersey high school record in the 200-meter dash (20.79). He is a First Team Mid-season All-American (SI, USA, ESPN, Pro Football Focus) and a projected first round pick.
“Jim Thorpe. It just came to me. Only player I can think to compare Jabrill to.” — Jim Harbaugh, Michigan Head Coach
“Jabrill strives to do the right thing and works really had for what he has accomplished and for what he hopes to accomplish in the future. His work ethic never stops and he is very team oriented. He doesn’t let people down on or off the field” – Chris Partridge, Michigan Linebacker Coach.
Team Record: 10-2
Weston Steelhammer, S, Air Force | 6-2, 200, Shreveport, La.
Most Recent Game Stats (vs. Boise State): 4 tackles, 1 pass broken up
Weston has 75 tackles, 6 interceptions and 4 pass breakups. He has 17 career interceptions (most among active players). He is a team captain for the Air Force Falcons.
He is Senior CLASS nominee, has a 3.14 GPA and has volunteered for fire cleanup in Colorado. He has been an All-Mountain West first team selection for the past two years.
He was part of the National Honor Society in high school and is in cadet cadre survival training in 2015.
“Weston is a great person, a tremendous human being and a tremendous football player. Great awareness and instincts. Always respectful. Classy. Confident. Kind. Not one selfish bone in his body. – Troy Calhoun, Air Force Head Coach
Team Record: 9-3