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Lott IMPACT Trophy 2013 Watch List


NEWPORT BEACH, May 16—The 2013 Lott IMPACT Trophy Watch List was announced today at a luncheon at the Pacific Club in Newport Beach.

The 42 student-athletes from 37 different colleges around the country represent players who have made the biggest IMPACT on their teams both on and off the field.  IMPACT stands for Integrity, Maturity, Performance, Academics, Community and Tenacity.

Voting for the award is held throughout the season by a National Voter Panel of former college coaches and players, select members of the media, past winners of the award and the Board of Directors of the Pacific Club IMPACT Foundation, the sponsors of the award.

There are four players who are repeat nominees from the 2012 Watch List – Linebacker Aaron Barr of UCLA, Linebacker Chris Borland of Wisconsin, Linebacker Max Bullough of Michigan State and defensive end Jackson Jeffcoat of Texas.

Northwestern, Ohio State, Stanford, UCLA and Virginia Tech each have two players on the list.

There are 20 linebackers, 14 defensive backs and eight defensive linemen on the list.

The Pacific Club IMPACT Foundation also announced charity donations of $25,000 which brought their total donations in nine years to over $1 million.

The 10th annual Lott IMPACT Trophy Black-Tie Awards Banquet will be Dec. 8 at the Pacific Club in Newport Beach.

Lott IMPACT Trophy 2013 Watch List:

Henry Anderson, DL, Stanford

Geoffrey Bacon, LB, Army

Calvin Barnett, DL, Oklahoma State

Anthony Barr, LB, UCLA

Nat Behre, DB, San Diego State

Chris Borland, LB, Wisconsin

Max Bullough, LB, Michigan State

Ibraheim Campbell, DB, Northwestern

Ross Cockrell, CB, Duke

Aaron Colvin, CB, Oklahoma

Scott Crichton, DL, Oregon State

Alden Darby, DB, Arizona State

Aaron Donald, DL, Pitt

Steele DiVitto, LB, Boston College

Ahmad Dixon, S, Baylor

Ifo Ekpre-Olomu, CB, Oregon

Antone Exum, CB, Virginia Tech

Jake Fischer, LB, Arizona

Chase Garnham, LB, Vanderbilt

Bryce Hager, LB, Baylor

Jackson Jeffcoat, DE, Texas

A.J. Johnson, LB, Tennessee

Lamarcus Joyner, S/CB, Florida State

Eric Kendricks, LB, UCLA

Devon Kennard, DL, USC

James Morris, LB, Iowa

C.J. Moseley, LB, Alabama

Damien Proby, LB, Northwestern

Ed Reynolds, S, Stanford

Bradley Roby, CB, Ohio State

D.T. Shackleford, LB, Ole Miss

Ryan Shazier, LB, Ohio State

Danny Shelton, DT, Washington

Spencer Shuey, LB, Clemson

Derron Smith, DB, Fresno State

John Timu, LB, Washington

Stephon Tuitt, DE, Notre Dame

Jack Tyler, LB, Virginia Tech

Kyle Van Noy, LB, BYU

Jason Verrett, CB, TCU

Avery Williamson, LB, Kentucky

Ty Zimmerman, S, Kansas State

Previous Winners, Lott IMPACT Trophy

2004–David Pollack, DE, Georgia

2005-DeMeco Ryans, LB, Alabama

2006-Dante Hughes, DB, Cal

2007-Glenn Dorsey, DT, LSU

2008-James Laurinaitis, LB, Ohio State

2009-Jerry Hughes, DE, TCU

2010-J.J. Watt, DL, Wisconsin

2011-Luke Kuechly, LB, Boston College

2012-Manti Te’o, LB, Notre Dame

Named after Pro Football Hall of Fame member, Ronnie Lott, The Lott IMPACT Trophy is awarded to college football’s Defensive IMPACT Player of the Year. Founded in 2004 by The Pacific Club IMPACT Foundation, The Lott Trophy is the first and only college football award to equally recognize athletic performance and the personal character attributes of the player. The Lott Trophy is given to the player who exhibits the same characteristics Lott embodied during his distinguished career: Integrity, Maturity, Performance, Academics, Community and Tenacity. Voters for the award include selected members of the national media, previous finalists, the Board of Directors of the Pacific Club IMPACT Foundation and a distinguished group of former college football head coaches. For more information on The Lott Trophy visit: www.LottIMPACTTrophy.com.

 About the Watch List Nominees:

Henry Anderson, DL, Stanford (6-6, 282, Atlanta):  Recorded 13 tackles for losses and 5.5 sacks among 51 total tackles..  3.43 GPA in Political Science.  Academic All District.  2nd team All-Pac 12.

Geoffrey Bacon, LB, Army (6-0, 207, Milwaukee): Led Cadets with 136 tackles.  High school honor society.

Calvin Barnett, DL, Oklahoma State (6-2, 300, Tulsa): Named Big-12 Defensive Newcomer of the Year in 2012.  All conference selection.  Had 8 tackles for loss among 30 tackles last season.

Anthony Barr, LB, UCLA (6-4, 235, San Pedro, Ca.): Converted to defense last year and became an instant star with 21.5 tackles for loss and 13.5 sacks.  Named 2nd team All-American.  83 tackles, 2nd on Bruin team. All-Pac 12 choice. College Football News Pac-12 Defensive Player of the Year.  Honorable mention all-conference academic team.

Nat Behre, DB, San Diego State (5-10, 190, Colton, Ca.): Led Aztecs with 94 tackles.  High school honor society.  Second team All Mountain West.

Chris Borland, LB, Wisconsin (5-11, 248, Kettering, Ohio): Two-time All Big Ten player.  Big Ten Freshman Defensive Player of the Year.  Career: 308 tackles, 41.5 tackles for loss, 13 sacks, 13 forced fumbles.


Max Bullough, LB, Michigan State (6-3, 242, Traverse City, Mi.): Academic All-American and academic All State in high school with a 3.96 GPA.  Led Spartans for second straight year with 111 tackles (12.5 for losses).  All-Big Ten.  Semi-finalist for Butkus Award.  On Lott Watch List in 2012. Team captain. Third generation Spartan.

Ibraheim Campbell, DB, Northwestern (5-11, 205, Philadelphia): 89 tackles, 14 passes defended, 12 passes broken up, All-Big Ten honorable mention.  Led team in tackles as a freshman. Academic All-Big Ten. Graduated cum laude from high school.

Ross Cockrell, CB, Duke (6-0, 180, Waxhaw, North Carolina): All ACC selection.  Had 63 tackles and 17 passes defended.

Aaron Colvin, CB, Oklahoma (6-0, 181, Owasso, Ok.): 52 tackles, 4 interceptions.  Now has 170 career tackles and has started 26 games.  First team All-Big 12 selection.

Scott Crichton, DL, Oregon State (6-3, 263, Tacoma): Recorded 17.5 tackles for loss with nine sacks in 2012.  First team All-Pac 12. Freshman All-American.

Alden Darby, DB, Arizona State (5-11, 180, Long Beach, Ca.): 80 tackles, Second team All Pac-12.  Returned interception 70 yards for touchdown vs. USC.  Overcame rough childhood and is determined to get college degree.

Aaron Donald, DL, Pitt (6-0, 275, Pittsburgh): All Big East.  Had 18.5 tackles for loss.

Steele DiVitto, LB, Boston College (6-3, 238, Ridgefield, Ct.): Had 92 tackles, active in the community.

Ahmad Dixon, S, Baylor (6-0, 210, Waco): 102 tackles, 6 tackles for loss. Honorable Mention All Big-12.

Ifo Ekpre-Olomu, CB, Oregon (5-10, 190, Chino Hills, Ca.): All Pac-12 and 3rd team All-American.  Had 63 tackles, six forced fumbles, four interceptions and 20 passes defended.

Antone Exum, CB, Virginia Tech (6-1, 224, Glen Allen, Va.): Grad student.  All ACC 2nd team.  Five interceptions last season.  MVP of Russell Athletic Bowl when he returned interception 32 yards for a touchdown.  Donated some of his bowl gifts to children in Orlando area. Tore his knee in basketball game in January and is rehabbing for 2013 season.

Jake Fischer, LB, Arizona (6-0, 215, Oro Valley, Az.): Academic All Pac-12.  3.32 GPA.  Had 119 tackles last year (76 solo) after sitting out 2011 with an injury.

Chase Garnham, LB, Vanderbilt (6-3, 234, Fairhope, Al): Had 84 tackles, 12.5 tackles for loss and seven sacks.  High academics.  High school honor society.

Bryce Hager, LB, Baylor (6-1, 235, Austin): 2nd team All Big- 12 selection.  Led team with 124 tackles and had 11 tackles for loss and forced three fumbles.  Son of former Texas All-American Britt Hager.

Jackson Jeffcoat, DE, Texas (6-5, 245, Plano, Texas): On Watch List for Lott Trophy last season.  Won Player of the Week once.  All-Big 12 in 2011.  Injured and missed seven games last season.  Active in community programs. Son of former NFL star Jim Jeffcoat who played for Cowboys and Bills.


A.J. Johnson, LB, Tennessee (6-2, 240, Gainesville, Fl.): Led SEC with 138 tackles, 8.5 tackles for losses.  21 tackles in game vs. Mississippi State.  All-SEC 2nd team.  Freshman All-American.

Lamarcus Joyner, S/CB, Florida State (5-8, 195, Ft. Lauderdale, Fl.): Pre-season All-American will move from safety to corner. 128 career tackles with six interceptions. Has 1,150 return yards on kickoffs.  All ACC 1st team.

Eric Kendricks, LB,  UCLA (6-2, 230, Fresno): Led Pac-12 with 151 tackles (9th in nation).  Returned two fumbles for touchdowns. Honor student (Athletic Director’s Honor Roll).

Devon Kennard, DL, USC (6-3, 260, Phoenix): Grad student with a 3.18 GPA in Communications (working on Master’s degree). Twice on the Pac-12 All-Academic team.  Made mission trip to Haiti in 2012.  Served on Athletic Prevention Programming and Leadership Education council.  Missed last season with injury.  Has 135 career tackles.  Father Derek played 11 years in the NFL.

James Morris, LB, Iowa (6-2, 230, Solon, Ia.): 3.8 grade point average in political science (3.95 GPA in high school). Has 276 career tackles, 13 tackles for loss.  3rd team All-Big Ten in 2012.

C.J. Moseley, LB, Alabama (6-2, 232, Theodore, Al.): Consensus All-American.  All SEC first team. Butkus finalist last season.  Led Tide with 107 tackles.  Turned down chance to turn pro and is recovering from off-season shoulder surgery.

Damien Proby, LB, Northwestern (6-0, 235, Las Vegas): 112 tackles.  Honor student (three times on honor roll in high school in Las Vegas).  Honorable mention all-conference.

Ed Reynolds, S, Stanford (6-2, 205, Orange Park, Fl.): Third team All-American.  All-Pac 12. Had six interceptions for 301 return yards.  Returned three picks for touchdowns. Community leader.  In high school (Virginia) he was named recipient of the William & Mary Leadership Award for outstanding achievement in the community, classroom and football field.  Father Ed played in NFL (Patriots, Giants).

Bradley Roby, CB, Ohio State (5-11, 193, Suwanee, Ga.): Second team All-American.  Four-time academic student-athlete in high school.  Had 63 tackles and two interceptions last season. Credited with 17 passes defended.

D.T. Shackleford, LB, Ole Miss (6-1, 250, Decatur, Al.):  Four-time member of the SEC Academic Honor Roll.  Has 3.57 GPA.  Has degree in history and working on second degree in social studies.  Awarded Chucky Mullins Courage Award last year.  Has missed two seasons with injuries, but due back in 2013.

Ryan Shazier, LB, Ohio State (6-2, 222, Plantation, Fl.): Led Buckeyes with 115 tackles last season, second in the Big Ten.  Led the conference with 19 tackles for loss. All-Big Ten choice.  Forced fumble on fourth and one against Wisconsin in overtime win for OSU.

Danny Shelton, DT, Washington (6-1, 317, Auburn, Wa.): 317-pounder had 45 tackles last season.  Named honorable mention all-conference. First team academic All Pac-12 selection. Named winner of team Academic Achievement Award.

Spencer Shuey, LB, Clemson (6-2, 230, Charlotte): Came on strong with 15 tackles (2.5 tackles for loss) vs. Virginia Tech.  Finished with 93 tackles.  Academic All-ACC.

Derron Smith, DB, Fresno State (5-11, 194, Banning, Ca.): 6 interceptions, among nation’s leaders last year.  First team All-Mountain West selection. Community Leader.

John Timu, LB, Washington (6-1, 231, Long Beach, Ca.): Led team with 91 tackles.  Honorable mention All-Pac-12 and honorable mention All-Pac-12 academic team.  Team captain.  Majoring in Human and Organizational Development.

Stephon Tuitt, DE, Notre Dame (6-6, 303, Monroe, Ga.): Second team All-American.  12 sacks.  Returned fumble 77 yards for touchdown against Navy last year.

Jack Tyler, LB, Virginia Tech (6-1, 236, Oakton, West Va.): 119 tackles led team last year. 13 tackles for loss. All ACC selection.  Good student.  Former walk-on.

Kyle Van Noy, LB, BYU (6-3, 238, Reno): MVP of San Diego Bowl (scored twice, once on interception return, once after forcing a fumble), 22 tackles for loss, 13 sacks, 6 forced fumbles, 3rd team All-American.  Named Defensive Performer of the Year by College Football Performance Awards.

Jason Verrett, CB, TCU (5-10, 180, Santa Rosa, Ca.): On several All-American teams.  63 tackles, 6 interceptions.

Avery Williamson, LB, Kentucky (6-1, 243, Milan, Tn.): 135 tackles was second most in SEC.  All SEC 2nd team.  Active in community work.  Member of high school honor society.

Ty Zimmerman, S, Kansas State (6-1, 203, Junction City, Kansas): 3rd team All-American, All-Pac-12.  182 career tackles.  Five interceptions last season (10 for his career).  Team captain.