Lott IMPACT Trophy | Honoring College Football's Defensive Best

“IF YOU CAN BELIEVE IT, THE MIND CAN ACHIEVE IT.”

-RONNIE LOTT

Blog-The NFL Update

barr-kendricks-1024x360The Minnesota Vikings’ surprising 5-0 start has been fueled by a defense that has allowed just 12.5 points per game, second in the entire NFL.

That defense has been led, in part, by former Lott IMPACT Trophy winners Eric Kendricks (2014) and Anthony Barr (2013). Both linebackers are from UCLA.

Kendricks has a team high 36 tackles and took an interception back 77 yards for a touchdown, the longest in the NFL this season. Barr has added 16 tackles and a sack for the vaunted Viking defense.

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Two other former Lott IMPACT winners are not having as good a season. J.J. Watt (2010) and Manti Te’o (2012) have both suffered injuries and may miss the entire year. Watt is a three-time NFL Defensive Player of the Year for the Houston Texans while Te’o was off to a fast start with the San Diego Chargers…. Luke Kuechly (2011 Lott winner) of the Carolina Panthers is currently second in the NFL in total tackles with 57… DeMeco Ryans (2005 Lott winner) has joined Sports Talk 790 in Houston as a football analyst. Ryans, who has played 10 seasons in the NFL, has not officially retired. He is available should a team come calling.

2016 Watch List candidates ranked: Jabrill Peppers of Michigan is 11th in the nation in tackles for losses with 10; Micah Kiser of Virginia is 3rd in the country in tackles with 58; Adoree’ Jackson of USC is 8th in the nation with 517 total return yards (349 on kick returns, 168 on punt returns).

The three Hall of Fame coaches on the Lott IMPACT Trophy Board of Directors – John Robinson, Terry Donahue and Mike White – have combined for 355 career wins.

Each week’s Player of the Week is being interviewed on NBC Sports by former Arizona State quarterback Mark Malone.

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