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Lott IMPACT Trophy Watchlist Nominees in the News

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17 Lott Candidates named Pre-Season All-Americans
Six of the 2017 Lott IMPACT Trophy candidates have been named to the first team of the Athlon Pre-Season All-American team and a total of 17 have been named on one of the four teams.
Those named to the first team were:

– Harold Landry, DE, Boston College
– Ed Oliver, DT, Houston
– Christian Wilkins, DT, Clemson
– Josey Jewell, LB, Iowa
– Azeem Victor, LB, Washington
– Minkah Fitzpatrick, DB, Alabama

Second team choices were: Cameron Smith (LB, USC), Tyquan Lewis (DL, Ohio State), Micah Kiser (LB, Virginia), Quin Blanding (S, Virginia).
Third team choices were: Marcus Allen (S, Penn State), Marquis Haynes (DE, Ole Miss).
Fourth team choices were: Duke Eljifor (DE, Wake Forest), Hercules Mata’afa (DE, Washington State), D.J. Reed (DB, Kansas State), Jerome Whitehead (S, Pitt), Chase Hansen (S, Utah)

Sporting News Pre-Season All-American team:

Oliver, Smith, Kiser, Jewell, Fitzpatrick and Allen were named first team with Landry, Wilkins and Blanding on the second team.

College Football News Pre-Season All-American team:

Oliver, Wilkins, Lewis, Kiser, Victor and Blanding were named first team with Landry and Fitzpatrick on the second team.

Good Works Team Nominees

Six Lott IMPACT Trophy nominees have been nominated for the annual Allstate AFCA Good Works Team®, which is awarded to college football players who have shown dedication to volunteerism and enriching the lives of others.
They are:

– Christian Wilkins, Clemson
– Minkah Fitzpatrick, Alabama
– Courtney Love, Kentucky
– Quin Blanding, Virginia
– Chase Hansen, Utah
– Todd Kelly, Jr, Tennessee

Putting Things in Perspective by David Pollack (winner of the first Lott IMPACT Trophy in 2004 when he was an All-American at Georgia)

My son Nicholas is 8-years old. He loves sports, but he is just an average athlete. He doesn’t own that “killer instinct” at all.
“I” want him to have that so bad. “I” want my son to be tough. “I” want my son to be an amazing competitor. “I, I, I, I..”
It’s amazing that I’m so selfish and that I try to make his what I think he should be.

What if he misses out on something great God has for him because he has a “killer instinct” heart instead of one that’s filled with compassion?
I look around my life and I see so many dads wanting their kids to be great at sports. They ride their kids hard. Always coaching, always pushing. Where’s the line?
I know for a fact that sports will not last forever in their lives. What’s next then?
(Note: a broken neck ended Pollack’s NFL career after just one season).

Sports are great for kids and I support them 1000%! You guys know I want to win more than anyone, but sports are not the most important thing in our lives.
If that’s all you and your kids do and talk about, the day is coming soon where you might not have much to talk about.
Sports teaches so many great life lessons and they are so good for kids, but they should not be the main focus of our households. They are not more important than church, family time or living life. Sports should not own you and drive you from place to place 7 days a week.

I saw so many talented kids come into the University of Georgia that ended up not being successful because they didn’t love the game. They didn’t love the game because they were pushed so hard to be something, never having the opportunity to enjoy life as it came. Enjoy life!!! Sports isn’t life, it’s just a small part of it.

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