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Lott Impact Trophy Names Eight Semi-Finalists

NEWPORT BEACH, Ca. – The Lott IMPACT Foundation has named eight semi-finalists for the 2012 Lott IMPACT Trophy, which will be awarded Dec. 9 at the Pacific Club in Newport Beach.

The semi-finalists are:
Johnthan Banks, CB, Mississippi State
Arthur Brown, LB, Kansas State
Travis Johnson, DE, San Jose State
Jarvis Jones, LB, Georgia
Eric Reid, S, LSU
John Simon, DL, Ohio State
Manti Te’o, LB, Notre Dame
Chase Thomas, LB, Stanford

Simon was a semi-finalist a year ago and Te’o a finalist. There are four linebackers, two defensive linemen and two defensive backs on the list. Georgia (David Pollack in 2004), LSU (Glenn Dorsey in 2007) and Ohio State (James Laurinaitis in 2008) have all had previous winners.

The Lott IMPACT Trophy recognizes the student-athletes throughout the nation who have had the biggest IMPACT on their teams both on and off the field. IMPACT is an acronym for Integrity, Maturity, Performance, Academics, Community and Tenacity, characteristics that Ronnie Lott exhibited throughout his brilliant Hall of Fame career at both USC and in the National Football League.

A National Voter Panel of more than 300 former coaches, players members of the media, members of the Lott IMPACT Foundation Board of Directors and former Lott Trophy winners will select the winner. The four finalists will attend the black-tie gala on Dec. 9 where former Secretary of State Dr. Condoleezza Rice will be the keynote speaker.

The Lott IMPACT Foundation awards $25,000 to the general scholarship fund of the winner’s university and $5,000 to each of the three runnerups.

In its first eight years, the Lott IMPACT Foundation has donated nearly $900,000 to various charities throughout the United States.

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

Named after College Hall of Famer and 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. To date, the Foundation has donated more than $850,000 to various charities throughout the country. The ninth annual Lott Trophy dinner will be held Dec. 9th at The Pacific Club in Newport Beach, California. For more information on The Lott Trophy visit: www.LottTrophy.com.

Lott IMPACT Trophy
2012 Semi-Finalists

(In alphabetical order)

Johnthan Banks Mississippi State (7-3)
Cornerback Senior, 6-2, 185 (Maben, Miss.)

Performance: On almost all mid-season All-America teams. On Senior Class Award list for outstanding citizenship. Semi-finalist for all other major defensive awards. Has four interceptions this season. Lock-down corner projected first round NFL pick.

Character: Mississippi State Head Football Coach Dan Mullen: “His performance off the field sets him apart from all others. During his sophomore season he had a son with his longtime girlfriend. Instead of running from responsibility, he decided to take it head on by moving back home to be father to his child all while commuting back and forth to campus. He sacrificed his personal time while not giving up any of his responsibilities as a student, athlete or father. He’s been elected by his teammates to the leadership commute the past two years.” Will graduate on time with degree in interdisciplinary science. Heavily involved in local volunteer work.

Arthur Brown Kansas State (9-0)
Linebacker Senior, 6-1, 231 (Wichita)

Performance: Defensive leader of undefeated and No. 1 ranked team in the country. Leads team with 69 tackles; has six tackles for loss; and two interceptions. Two-time team captain.

Character: Kansas State Head Coach Bill Snyder: “Arthur is as complete a student-athlete as I have had in our program. He is a devout family man, a man of great faith, highly respected by his teammates, coaches, our faculty and administration and an excellent leader within our program. He’s both a captain and a player representative. He possesses the intrinsic values we hope for in our players and our own children.” Completed all classes needed for degree prior to this season.

Travis Johnson San Jose State (7-2)
Defensive End Senior, 6-3, 244 (Sunnyvale, Ca.)

Performance: Among the leaders in the country in both sacks and tackles for losses. 4th in sacks with 11 and 3rd in tackles for loss with 17. Twice the WAC Defensive Player of the Week this season. Active career leader with 30 sacks.

Character: An academic all-conference selection four straight years. Team captain. Former Eagle Scout. San Jose State Head Coach Mike MacIntyre:”I can’t say enough about what a phenomenal young man he is. He’s the heart and soul of our defense.” Majoring in kinesiology and plans to be a physical therapist.

Jarvis Jones Georgia (8-1)
Linebacker Senior, 6-3, 240 (Columbus, Ga.)

Performance: On every mid-season All-American team. Twice the Lott IMPACT Player of the Week. Has 17 tackles for loss and 10.5 quarterback sacks, ranking first in the SEC in both categories. Former Georgia Head Coach Vince Dooley: “I think his performance against Florida, was the greatest overall performance by a defensive player in the history of Georgia football.” He had 13 tackles, 4.5 for losses and recovered two fumbles in the game.

Character: Dixter Fisher, Director, University of Georgia Physical Plant Division: “During my 20 years of working with student athletes, I found Jarvis to be one of the most humble and dedicated students I have ever encountered. Not only is Jarvis an involved member of the tam, he also strives to be an active participant in his community. He excels at being a leader among his teammates and peers at the University of Georgia.” Volunteers at local hospital and makes frequent appearances at his high school.

Eric Reid LSU (7-2)
Safety Senior, 6-2, 208 (Geismar, La.)

Performance: Considered the top safety in the country. On most mid-season All-American teams. Semi-finalist for other major defensive awards. Has 57 tackles, 2 interceptions this season. Projected first round draft choice.

Character: Has the highest grade point average of any player on the LSU football team. Will graduate with marketing degree this December. Had a 4.46 grade point average in high school and graduated sixth in his class. Volunteered for FOCUS (Focusing on College and Unlimited Success) Program this past summer.

John Simon Ohio State (10-0)
Defensive Lineman Senior, 6-2, 270 (Youngstown)

Performance: Lott IMPACT Player of the Week earlier this season. 2011 Lott Semi-finalist. Has 10.5 tackles for loss.

Character: Ohio State Head Football Coach Urban Meyer: “ John possesses a burning passion for success that I have never witnessed in a college student-athlete. His performance on the field speaks for itself, but the off-the-field commitment and performance is what distinguishes John from every other player I have ever coached! His training and study habits are off the charts. He is the ultimate team player.” Volunteers to read to local elementary school students and visits sick patients in hospitals…High school national honor society…

Manti Te’o Notre Dame (10-0)
Linebacker Senior, 6-2, 255 (Laie, Hawaii)

Performance: 2011 Lott IMPACT Trophy finalist. Three-time Lott IMPACT Player of the Week in 2012. Unanimous mid-season All-American. Has six interceptions this season, most in the country by any linebacker and most by any linebacker in Notre Dame history. Leads undefeated Irish in tackles with 92.

Character: Nominated for Senior Class Award for outstanding citizenship. Honor student with a GPA of 3.5. Knows first names of all walk-ons and staff at Notre Dame. Undisputed leader of team and on-the-field captain. Brian Hardin, Director of Football Media Relations, Notre Dame: “Simply put, the Lott IMPACT Trophy was created to honor a student-athlete like Manti Te’o.”

Chase Thomas Stanford (7-2)
Linebacker Junior, 6-4, 248 (Murietta, Ga.)

Performance: Leads Stanford with 51 tackles. Has 10 tackles for loss and two fumble recoveries. Was Lott IMPACT Player of the Week this season. Team captain.

Character: Lance Anderson, Stanford Linebacker Coach: “His biggest asset is just what a smart football player he is. He has a great football IQ. Even more important than that is his leadership in the off-season weight room and all the workouts. He understands what it takes to be successful and can serve as an example for the younger kids.” Thomas is a communications major at Stanford.