Lott IMPACT Trophy | Honoring College Football's Defensive Best




NEWPORT BEACH, CA — For the 12th consecutive year, the Pacific Club IMPACT Foundation has announced a stellar class of 42 college student-athlete nominees for the annual Lott IMPACT Trophy.

“I am equally proud of the fact that we have raised so much money for a variety of charities, including universities, and the fact that the players we have honored over these past 11 years have made significant impacts in their communities as well as on the field in the NFL,” said Ronnie Lott, the Hall of Famer whose name graces the award.

To date, the Foundation has donated $1,147,160 to charitable organizations and universities.

The breakdown of the 2015 Watch List: 10 defensive linemen; 17 linebackers; 15 defensive backs. By conference: Big Ten, 10; Pac-12, 8; Big-12, 7; ACC, 7; SEC 5; Mountain West, 1; Independents, 4.

There are also five players on the Watch List from a year ago – Shilique Calhoun of Michigan State, Vernon Hargreaves of Florida, Karl Joseph of West Virginia, Jaylon Smith of Notre Dame and Eric Striker of Oklahoma.

The criteria for selecting student-athletes for the Lott IMPACT Trophy Watch List and subsequently the finalists and eventually the overall winner, is based on both athletic ability and character attributes.

Character transcends the on-the-field accomplishments of the players. The acronym for IMPACT is Integrity, Maturity, Performance, Academics, Community and Tenacity.

The nominees are considered for their academic standing at their university, their community contributions, their leadership skills and their overall character.

Past winners of the Lott IMPACT Trophy have exhibited these characteristics, ones that were and are displayed by Ronnie Lott and embraced by the Pacific Club IMPACT Foundation, founders and sponsors of the event.

The 12th annual Lott IMPACT Trophy Award Banquet will be held Dec. 13 at the Pacific Club in Newport Beach, Ca.

The 2015 Lott IMPACT Trophy Watch List

KEVIN ANDERSON, LB, STANFORD (6-4, 245, Palo Alto, CA): Pac-12 Honorable Mention in first year as a starter last season…Had 52 tackles, 11.5 tackles for loss and 5.5 sacks…Had an interception return for a 40-yard touchdown in 2013 Rose Bowl against Wisconsin.

DANTE BARNETT, DB, KANSAS STATE (6-1, 186, TULSA, OK): All-Big 12 performer…Had 77 tackles last season with 11 passes defended…7 career interceptions…Commissioner’s Honor Roll…Heavy volunteer work at schools and senior centers.

JOE BOLDEN, LB, MICHIGAN (6-3, 232, CINCINNATI, OH): Michigan Athlete Academic Achievement Awards recipient…2nd on Team with 102 tackles as a junior.

BRIEAN BODDY-CALHOUN, DB, MINNESOTA (5-11, 190, WILMINGTON, DE): Won both All-Big Ten recognition and All-Big Ten academic recognition…Had 5 interceptions and 51 tackles last season.

JOEY BOSA, DL, OHIO STATE (6-5, 278, FT. LAUDERDALE, FL): Big Ten Defensive Player of the Year…Only unanimous Selection on All-Big Ten Team…All-American…Led Buckeyes with 21 tackles for loss, 13.5 sacks and four forced fumbles…Recorded 55 tackles for National Champions…Ohio State scholar-athlete.

DEFOREST BUCKNER, DL, OREGON (6-7, 290, WAIANAE, HI): Led Ducks in tackles for loss (13). Had 81 tackles, 4 sacks…Named 2nd Team All-Pac 12…High school basketball star.

MICHAEL CAPUTO, S, WISCONSIN (6-1, 212, IMPERIAL, PA): Led Team in tackles with 106…Had 6 tackles for loss, recovered 4 fumbles…All-Big Ten Honorable Mention…Coaches basketball in Special Olympics, member of JROTC Marines, DARE Instructor.

SHILIQUE CALHOUN, DE, MICHIGAN STATE (6-3, 256, MIDDLETON, NJ): On Lott IMPACT Trophy Watch List last season…Had 12.5 tackles for loss, 8 sacks, 39 tackles, 8 quarterback hurries and 1 fumble recovery for 38 yards last season.

JEREMY CASH, S, DUKE (6-2, 205, MIAMI, FL): All-ACC and All-American…Had 111 tackles last season, 121 as a sophomore…Psychology major with a minor in Evolutionary Anthropology.

SU’A CRAVENS, S, USC (6-1, 225, LOS ANGELES, CA): Led Trojans with 17.5 tackles for loss (among top 25 in the nation)…Had 68 tackles, 5 sacks and 3 interceptions…Defended 12 passes…First Team All-Pac-12 Selection…Named top high school defensive player of the year in 2012 at Vista Murietta High.

LEONARD FLOYD, LB, GEORGIA (6-4, 230, EASTMAN, GA): Defensive Team MVP last season with 55 tackles, 8.5 tackles for loss and 6 sacks, which led the Team…Honorable Mention All-SEC.

KENDALL FULLER, CB, VIRGINIA TECH (6-0, 190, BALTIMORE, MD): Named 2nd Team All-American last season…All-ACC First Team…Had 54 tackles, 4.5 tackles for loss and broke up 15 passes…Freshman All-American…

NATE GERRY, DB, NEBRASKA (6-2, 205, SIOUX FALLS, SD): Had 5 interceptions (most on the team), 88 tackles (2nd on Team), 7 tackles for loss and 2 fumble recoveries…Honorable Mention All-Big Ten.

ADAM GOTSIS, DL, GEORGIA TECH (6-5, 285, ABBOTSFORD, AU): 2nd Team All-ACC…36 tackles, 6.5 tackles for loss, 2 blocked kicks…On Dean’s List and Academic Honor Roll.

DEON HOLLINS, LB, UCLA (6-0, 225, HOUSTON, TX): Led Bruins with 9 sacks last year…Had 3 sacks in bowl win over Kansas State…Named Most Improved Bruin…On Athletic Director’s Honor Roll.

DYLAN HAINES, DB, TEXAS (6-1, 194, LAGO VISTA, TX): Two-time Big 12 Commissioner’s Honor Roll…Academic All-Big 12…Had 86 tackles last season, 4 interceptions (one for a 74-yard touchdown return)…Honorable Mention All-Big 12.

VERNON HARGREAVES III, CB, FLORIDA (5-11, 195, TAMPA, FL): On Lott IMPACT Trophy Watch List last season…Was named All-SEC First Team as both a freshman and sophomore (unanimous)…On 3 All-America Teams last year…Had 50 tackles and three interceptions in 2014…Broke up 13 passes…SEC Academic Honor Roll…Father is the linebacker coach at Houston.

RYAN JANVION, DB, WAKE FOREST (5-11, 190, MIAMI, FL): Led team in tackles last season with 115…Had 7.5 tackles for loss… Academic All-District with a 3.65 GPA, majoring in business…Did PSA public service commercial for United Way…Redshirt junior.

JONATHAN JONES, DB, AUBURN (5-10, 182, CARROLLTON, GA): Second Team All-SEC who led team with 6 interceptions last season…Had 36 total tackles and broke up team best 11 passes… Active in community service projects, the Student-Athlete Advisory Council and Fellowship of Christian Athletes…Coaches youth track and field in home area of Atlanta.

KARL JOSEPH, S, WEST VIRGINIA (5-11, 196, ORLANDO, FL): Team captain. On the Lott IMPACT Trophy Watch List last season… His 92 tackles were second on the team last season…Has started every game in his career, 38 total. Academic Honor Roll student.

BRONSON KAUFUSI, LB, BYU (6-7, 265, PROVO, UT): Led Cougars in tackles for loss (11.5), sacks (7) and quarterback hurries (7)…Named All-Independent Team and was twice Independent Defensive Player of the Week…Father Steve is the Defensive Line Coach at BYU.

DERRICK KINDRED, S, TCU (5-10, 210, SAN ANTONIO, TX): All-Big 12 Selection. Recorded 79 tackles and had 4 interceptions.

JORDAN LOMAX, DB, IOWA (5-10, 205, UPPER MARLBORO, MD): Two-time Academic All-Big Ten…GPA is 3.52, majoring in Economics…Had a 4.0 GPA in high school…On Iowa Leadership Group…Won Team Hustle Award for defense and special teams in 2014 when he recorded 92 total tackles.

DEAN LOWRY, DL, NORTHWESTERN (6-6, 280, ROCKFORD, IL): Academic All-Big Ten…Honorable Mention All-Big Ten as a junior when he had 41 tackles and 8 tackles for loss…High school scholar-athlete who was recognized for excellence in business law and marketing.

BLAKE MARTINEZ, LB, STANFORD (6-2, 247, TUCSON, AZ): Honorable Mention All-Pac 12…Honorable Mention Pac-12 All-Academic…Led team with 102 tackles last season…Had 7 tackles for loss, 4.5 sacks, 3 interceptions and 2 forced fumbles.

VILIAMI (LAIU) MOEAKIOLA, LB, ARIZONA STATE (6-1, 215, EULESS, TX): Honorable Mention All-Pac 12…Recorded 72 tackles with 10.5 tackles for loss and 5 quarterback sacks.

CALVIN MUNSON, LB, SAN DIEGO STATE (6-1, 235, ST. CHARLES, MO): Aztecs’ Defensive Player of the Year last season as a sophomore when he had 78 tackles and 10.5 tackles for loss…Honorable Mention All-Mountain West…Also a pitcher on the Aztec baseball Team…He had 193 tackles his senior year in high school when he was named Missouri Defensive Player of the Year.

ROBERT NKEMDICHE, DT, OLE MISS (6-4, 280, LOGANVILLE, GA): All-American, All-SEC. Anchored defense that led Rebels to best regular season record in school history. Freshman All-American, too.

JARED NORRIS, LB, UTAH (6-2, 237, BAKERSFIELD, CA): Led team with 116 tackles last season…Had 13 tackles for loss, 4 sacks…Honorable Mention All-Pac 12…Honorable Mention Academic-All Conference.

SHAWN OAKMAN, DE, BAYLOR (6-9, 280, LANSDOWNE, PA): All-American who had 19.5 tackles for loss (10th in the country) and 11 sacks…Forced 3 fumbles and recovered 3 fumbles…Total of 51 tackles…Two-time All-Big 12 Selection…Penn State transfer…Tallest player ever on Lott Watch List.

EMMANUEL OGBAH, DE, OKLAHOMA STATE (6-4, 270, HOUSTON. TX): Nigerian born. Led team with 17 tackles for loss and 11 sacks…49 total tackles…First Team All-Big 12 performer…2nd Team Academic All-Big 12.

JOSHUA PERRY, LB, OHIO STATE (6-4, 252, GALENA, OH): His 124 tackles led National Champion Ohio State by 32 tackles…Had 8.5 tackles for loss and 3 sacks…2nd Team All-Big Ten…Ohio State Scholar-Athlete…Interned at Continental Realty last year.

REGGIE RAGLAND, LB, ALABAMA (6-2, 254, MADISON, AL): All SEC Selection as a junior…2nd on the team with 95 tackles…Had 10.5 tackles for loss, 3 fumble recoveries.

JALEN RAMSEY, DB, FLORIDA STATE (6-1, 204, SMYRNA, TN): 2nd Team All-American last season…Had 79 tackles, 9.5 tackles for loss. Broke up 12 passes and was credited with 14 passes defended, both team best…Finished 3rd in ACC long jump (25 feet) and was a member of sprint relay team.

SHELDON RANKINS, DE, LOUISVILLE (6-2, 305, COVINGTON, GA): Led team with 13.5 tackles for loss and 8 sacks…Had 53 total tackles…Also had 2 interceptions as a defensive tackle…Named 3rd Team All-ACC.

JAYLON SMITH, LB, NOTRE DAME (6-3, 235, FT. WAYNE, IN): On Lott IMPACT Trophy Watch List last season… His 112 tackles and 9 tackles for loss led the Irish last season.

WESTON STEELHAMMER, DB, AIR FORCE ACADEMY (6-2, 200, SHREVEPORT, LA): National Football Foundation Scholar-Athlete in high school…Led team with 6 interceptions last season…Recovered 2 fumbles, had 61 tackles and 6 tackles for loss.

ERIC STRIKER, LB, OKLAHOMA (6-0, 225, SEFFNER, FL): On Lott IMPACT Trophy Watch List last season…Two-time all-conference Selection…3rd Team All-American last year…Had 17 tackles for loss (among top 25 in nation), 9 sacks and 68 total tackles in 2014…For his career, he has 124 tackles and 27.5 tackles for loss.

JEREMY TIMPF, LB, ARMY (6-1, 225, TUCSON, AZ): Had 117 tackles to lead the Black Knights…Also had team best 14.5 tackles for loss…Returned 1 of his 3 interceptions for a touchdown…Was named First-Team All-Independent and was Independent Defensive Player of the Week twice.

SCOOBY WRIGHT III, LB, ARIZONA (6-1, 246, WINDSOR, CA): Led the nation in tackles for loss (29) and total tackles (163)… Also had 14 sacks…Named Pat Tillman Pac-12 Defensive Player of the Year.

ANTHONY ZETTEL, DT, PENN STATE (6-4, 274, WEST BRANCH, MI): All-Big Ten Selection…Led team with 17 tackles for loss and 8 sacks…Had 42 total tackles, 3 interceptions and 5 passes defended.