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Lott Finalists Shine in Bowl Games

lott_finalists16_webLott IMPACT Trophy finalists Adoree’ Jackson of USC and Weston Steelhammer of Air Force both had key interceptions in their respective team’s bowl wins.

       Jackson picked off a pass early in the Rose Bowl and the Trojans went on to a dramatic last-second win over Penn State, 52-49.

       Steelhammer had his seventh interception of the season – and the 18th of his storied career – and the Falcons defeated South Alabama in the Arizona Bowl, 45-21.  Steelhammer also forced a fumble in the end zone and was named the Defensive MVP of the game.



       Lott winner Jabrill Peppers of Michigan missed the Orange Bowl with a groin injury….Alabama’s Jonathan Allen recorded another sack in the championship game, won by Clemson, 34-31.


       With Michigan’s Peppers winning the 13h annual Lott Trophy, the Big Ten now has won the award the most times, four (Wisconsin, Ohio State, Penn State, Michigan) while the Pac-10 and the SEC have won it three times each.


       Seven former Lott winners or finalists were named to the NFL Pro Bowl this year:

       Luke Kuechly, Carolina

       Landon Collins, New York Giants

       Eric Berry, Kansas City

       Ndamukong Suh, Miami

       Brian Orakpo, Tennessee

       Patrick Peterson, Phoenix

       Dont’a Hightower, New England

       Four-time Pro Bowler—and three time NFL Defensive Player of the Year—J.J. Watt of the Houston Texans missed most of the season after undergoing back surgery.


       The annual California Showcase, a free “tryout” camp for high school football players to receive scholarship and/or financial aid to college, will be held Feb. 11 at the Great Park in Orange County.

       The event, which is free to all high school football players, has provided more than 500 student-athletes financial assistance for college. That totals in excess of $13 million.

       For information, go to cashowcase.org

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