The 2022 Lott IMPACT® Trophy Watch List
KRIS ABRAMS-DRAINE, DB, Missouri, Jr.
5-11, 178, Mobile, AL – All-SEC selection as a sophomore; Defended 10 passes with 3 interceptions and had a 100-yard kickoff return for a TD; Played wide receiver as a freshman.
NICK ANDERSEN, S, Wake Forest, So.
5-11, 185, Clifton, VA – Repeat on the Watch List; 4 interceptions in season, 3 in one game; former walk-on; All-ACC Academic honors.
WILL ANDERSON Jr., LB, Alabama, Jr.
6-4, 243, Hampton, GA – Nagurski winner last year; Unanimous AA; SEC Defensive POY; Cotton Bowl MVP; Led nation with 34.5 tackles for loss and 17.5 sacks.
FELIX ANUDIKE-UZOMAH, DE, Kansas State, Jr.
6-4, 253, Kansas City, KS – 3rd team Al-American; All-Big-12; Big 12 Co-Lineman of the Year; 11 sacks.
JEREMY BANKS, LB, Tennessee, Sr.
6-1, 224, Cordova, TN – Among leading tacklers in the nation with 128 last year along with 11.5 tackles for losses.
JORDAN BATTLE, DB, Alabama, Jr.
6-1, 206, Ft. Lauderdale, FL – All-American last year; 182 career tackles, 86 in 2021; Returned two interceptions for touchdowns.
KYON BARRS, DL, Arizona, Jr.
6-3, 297, Murrieta, CA – All-Pac-12 second team; 8 tackles for loss and team high 5 sacks.
JD BERTRAND, LB, Notre Dame, Jr.
6-1, 230, Alpharetta, GA – Leading tackler for Irish last season with 101; President of the Notre Dame chapter of Uplifting Athletes, philanthropic organization that raises monies for athletes with rare diseases.
BRYAN BRESEE, DT, Clemson, Jr.
6-5, 300, Damascus, MD – No. 1 recruit in the country in 2019; Pre-season All-American.
TROY BROWN, LB. Ole Miss, Sr.
6-1, 220, Flint, MI – Transfer from Central Michigan where he was a 3-time All MAC selection, team MVP and team captain; Has 215 career tackles.
BEN BYWATER, LB, BYU, So.
6-3, 230, Salt Lake City, UT – All Academic honors; 102 tackles led team; 8.5 tackles for losses.
JACK CAMPBELL, LB, Iowa, Jr.
6-5, 243, Cedar Falls, IA – Led nation in tackles with 143 in 2021; Dean’s List; Iowa Leadership team.
ANDRE CARTER, DE, Army, Sr.
6-7, 250, Missouri City, TX – Pre-season and returning All-American; Had 18.5 tackles for loss last year, 2nd in the country; 15.5 sacks; Team MVP.
JALEN CARTER, DT, Georgia, Jr.
6-3, 310, Apopka, FL – Compared favorably to former Apopka standout Warren Sapp; All-SEC performer with 33 quarterback hurries last season. Projected high draft choice.
LEVANI DAMUNI, LB, Stanford, Jr.
6-2, 251, Providence, UT – Led team with 88 tackles; Has done Mormon mission; Majoring in Science, Technology and Society.
NICK FIGUEROA, DL, USC, Sr.
6-5, 275, San Bernardino, CA – 11.5 career tackles for loss; Graduate student with 3.57 GPA; Academic All-American (2nd team); Campbell Semi-finalist.
TONY GRIMES, CB, North Carolina, Jr.
6-0, 197, Virginia Beach, VA – All-ACC Honorable Mention; 47 tackles’ Projected first round selection.
DERICK HALL, DL, Auburn, Sr.
6-3, 256, Gulfport, MS – 54 tackles, 12.5 for losses, 9 sacks, High school honor student.
ZACH HARRISON, DE, Ohio State, Sr.
6-6, 272, Lewis Center, OH – On Watch List last year; All-Big Ten (second team); OSU Scholar Athlete; 17.5 career tackles for losses
XAVIER HENDERSON, S, Michigan State, Sr.
6-1, 210, Reynoldsburg, OH – Graduated in December with degree in communications; Team captain; All-Big Ten (3rd team); 33 consecutive starts; 10 tackles for loss last year.
NICK HERBIG, LB, Wisconsin, Jr.
6-2, 227, Kauai, HI – Top returner on No. 1 defense in country last year; Had 64 tackles, 14.5 for losses and 9 sacks.
SHAKA HEYWARD, LB, Duke, Sr.
6-4, 220, Dacula, GA – On Watch List last year; 148 career tackles; majoring in evolutionary anthropology.
RONNIE HICKMAN, S, Ohio State, Jr.
6-1, 205, South Orange, NJ – Led Buckeyes with 99 tackles last season; All-American lacrosse player in high school.
NICK JACKSON, LB, Virginia, Sr.
6-1, 236, Atlanta, GA – Led ACC with 117 tackles, All-ACC (2nd team); Team captain.
ANTONIO JOHNSON, CB, Texas A&M, So.
6-3, 200, East St. Louis, IL – All-SEC, 79 tackles, 8.5 tackles for losses
BRANDON JOSEPH, S, Notre Dame, Sr.
6-1, 192, College Station, TX – Transfer from Northwestern; Consensus All-American; Had 6 interceptions as Frosh; Academic All-State in high school
CALIJAH KANCEY, DL, Pitt, Jr.
6-0, 275, Miami, FL – 13 tackles for loss: All Conference selection; Aaron Donald (Pitt All-American) type player with physique and drive.
KEY LAWRENCE, S-CB, Oklahoma, Jr.
6-1, 208, Nashville, TN – No. 1 recruit from state of Tennessee; All-Big 12 honorable mention; 47 tackles, 3 forced fumbles.
WILL McDONALD IV, DE, Iowa State, Jr.
6-4, 245, Pewaukee, WI – Made several A-American teams in 2021; Big-12 co-Defensive Lineman of the Year; 11.5 sacks school record; All-Big 12 academic honors; Same hometown as JJ Watt.
AKHEEM MESIDOR, DL, Miami, Jr.
6-2, 270, Ottawa: All-Big 12 3rd team; All-Big 12 Academic 2nd team; Big 12 Honor Roll; 70 career tackles.
RILEY MOSS, DB, Iowa, Sr.
6-1, 194, Ankeny, IA – Sporting News All-American; 10 career interceptions, 3 for touchdowns; Big Ten Defensive Back of the Year in 2021.
BJ OJULARI, DE, LSU, Jr.
6-3, 245, Marietta, GA – 11.5 tackles for losses, 55 tackles total last year; 325 high school tackles; Projected first round pick
JOEY PORTER Jr., CB, Penn State, Jr.
6-2, 196, Bakersfield, CA – All-Big Ten 3rd team; 51 tackles, Father Joey Sr. was a 13-year NFL vet and former coach.
LUKE REIMER, LB, Nebraska, Jr.
6-1, 225, Lincoln, NE – Led Huskers with 108 tackles; Nebraska Linebacker of the Year; Academic All-Big Ten.
KELEE RINGO, CB, Georgia, Jr.
6-2, 205, Tacoma, WA – All-American; Had interception for touchdown in National Championship win over Alabama.
DANIEL SCOTT, S, Cal, Sr.
6-2, 205, Pasadena, CA – Grad student with degree in sociology and business certificate in business administration; All-Pac-12 performer; In 6th year on team.
NOAH SEWELL, LB, Oregon, So.
6-3, 256, American Samoa – 5th highest rated recruit in Oregon history; Butkus semi-finalist last year when he led team with 114 tackles; All Pac-12 first team; Freshman All-American.
TRENTON SIMPSON, LB, Clemson, Jr.
6-3, 230, Charlotte, NC: Has 18.5 career tackles for loss, 10 sacks; All-ACC performer and All-ACC Academic selection; Father US Army Sgt who served 17 overseas tours.
HENRY TO’OTO’O, LB, Alabama. Sr.
6-2, 225, Sacramento, CA – Tennessee transfer stepped into starting role and led team in tackles with 113; All-SEC, 2nd team selection.
RASHAD TORRENCE II, CB, Florida, Jr.
6-0, 197, Atlanta, GA Two-time SEC Academic Honor Roll; 87 tackles last season; Projected 1st round NFL pick
ZION TUPUOLA-FETUI, DE, Washington, Jr.
6-4, 260, Pearl City, HI – Missed part of last season with injury. All-Pac-12 and 2nd team All-American in 2020.
J.J. WEAVER, LB, Kentucky, Jr.
6-5, 241, Louisville, KY – Rebounded from torn ACL in 2020 to make 3rd team All- SEC; Led Kentucky with six sacks and had 10 tackles for losses
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
2017 – Josey Jewell, Iowa
2018 – Josh Allen, Kentucky
2019 – Derrick Brown, Auburn
2020 – Paddy Fisher, Northwestern
2021 – Aidan Hutchinson, Michigan