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Lott IMPACT Trophy Names 2017 Finalists

NEWPORT BEACH, CA. – The Pacific Club IMPACT Foundation has announced the four finalists for the 14th annual Lott IMPACT Trophy.

The four outstanding student-athletes are Minkah Fitzpatrick of Alabama, Josey Jewell of Iowa, Micah Kiser of Virginia and Harrison Phillips of Stanford. These distinguished young men represent the qualities embodied by Hall of Famer Ronnie Lott – Integrity, Maturity, Performance, Academics, Community and Tenacity.

“Character is a key component in our award,” said Pacific Club IMPACT Foundation Board Chairman John Hamilton. “It is our honor to recognize these players who represent their team, their university and their community with such passion and dedication.”

The winner of the 2017 Lott IMPACT Trophy will be announced at The Lott IMPACT Trophy Award Banquet, held at the Pacific Club in Newport Beach on Dec. 10. The award show will be televised live on CBS Sports at 5:00 PST.

It is the sixth time Alabama has had a Lott IMPACT Trophy finalist. The others were DeMeco Ryans (the winner in 2006), Rolando McClain in 2010, Don’t’a  Hightower in 2012, Landon Collins in 2015 and Jonathan Allen in 2016. It is the second time players from Iowa, Virginia and Stanford have been finalists. Chris Long of Virginia was a finalist in 2007, Chase Thomas of Stanford in 2013 and James Morris of Iowa in 2014.

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 schools of the runner-ups. In 13 years, the Pacific Club IMPACT Foundation has now donated more than $1.3 million, including over $500,000 to universities throughout the country.

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The 2017 Lott IMPACT Trophy Finalists:

MINKAH FITZPATRICK, DB, Alabama, 6-1, 203, New Brunswick, NJ

Alabama is 11-1

Mid-season All-American…Has 52 tackles, 6 tackles for losses, 7 passes broken up, blocked one field goal and forced one fumble…All-American…6 interceptions, four touchdowns, 66 tackles last season…Semi-finalist for Thorpe…Academic All District with 3.34 GPA…Projected first round NFL pick…Lott IMPACT Player of the Week, Oct. 7.

“You either buy into the culture (at Alabama) or you don’t. And the culture here is where legends are made.” – Minkah Fitzpatrick

JOSEY JEWELL, LB, Iowa, 6-2, 235, Decorah, IA

Iowa is 7-5

Mid-season All-American…3rd in nation with 11.4 tackles per game (125 total tackles), 14 tackles for loss , 4.5 sacks, 2 interceptions, forced fumble, 11 passes broken up….He had 128 tackles as a sophomore and came back with 124 last year…A Butkus finalist as a junior…National Honor Society in high school… Named to Senior Class Award List…Lott IMPACT Player of the Week twice this season – Sept. 9. and Nov. 18

“Because of the way he operates, not only the way he plays on the field and practices, but what he does beyond the scene. He is so respected.” – Iowa head coach Kirk Ferentz

MICAH KISER, LB, Virginia, 6-2, 240, Baltimore, MD

Virginia is 6-6

5th in the nation in tackles with 11.2 per game (134 total)…Has 9.5 tackles for loss, 5 sacks, 2 fumble recoveries and 4 passes broken up… Semi-finalist for Lott Trophy last season…2nd team All-American…2nd team Academic All-American…Named to Senior Class Award List…Already has his degree…Campbell (academic Heisman) Award finalist…Lott IMPACT Player of the Week twice this season – Sept. 16 and Nov. 4.

“I can think of no one in my teaching experience (over 30 years) who has better exemplifies the concept of balancing studies with Division 1 football than Micah.” – James S. Todd, Lecturer in Politics, University of Virginia

HARRISON PHILLIPS, DL, Stanford, 6-4, 295, Omaha, NE

Stanford is 9-3

2nd on team with 86 tackles, 16.5 tackles for loss, 7 sacks, 6 quarterback hurries, 3 forced fumbles, 2 fumble recoveries and a blocked field goal…Academic All Pac-12, double major in sociology and science, technology and society (will graduate early)…Mentors at-risk minority youth..AFCA Good Works Team (one of 11 in country)…Lott IMPACT Player of the Week Oct. 28 and Nov. 25..“With the platform I have as a Stanford football player, there are endless possibilities in the lives I can touch, and that’s what I really want to do, to bring joy to people’s lives who may be struggling or need someone to lean on.”
– Harrison Phillips

Lott IMPACT Trophy Players of the Week, 2017:

Week One – Josey Jewell, Iowa
Week Two – Marcus Allen, Penn State
Week Three – Micah Kiser, Virginia
Week Four – Cameron Smith, USC
Week Five – Jason Cabinda, Penn State
Week Six – Minkah Fitzpatrick, Alabama
Week Seven Cameron Smith, USC
Week Eight – Jason Cabinda, Penn State
Week Nine – Harrison Phillips, Stanford
Week Ten – Micah Kiser, Virginia
Week Eleven – Hercules Mata’afa, Washington State
Week Twelve – Josey Jewell, Iowa
Week Thirteen – Harrison Phillips, Stanford

Previous 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
2014 – Eric Kendricks, UCLA
2015 – Carl Nassib, Penn State
2016 – Jabrill Peppers, Michigan

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