NEWPORT BEACH, CA. – The Pacific Club IMPACT® Foundation has named the four finalists for the 2021 Lott IMPACT® Trophy, presented by Andersen/Mark & Liz Vorsatz.
The Lott IMPACT® Trophy recognizes student-athletes for their on and off the field contributions.
IMPACT® stands for Integrity, Maturity, Performance, Academics, Community and tenacity, all attributes exhibited by Hall of Famer Ronnie Lott.
The winner of the 18th Annual Lott IMPACT® Trophy will be announced at the event held in Newport Beach, CA., Sunday, December 12, 2021. Joel Klatt of FOX Sports will be the emcee and former Michigan Heisman Trophy winner Charles Woodson a special guest speaker.
The university of the winner will receive $25,000 for its general scholarship fund while three runner-ups will receive $5,000 for each of their schools.
The Pacific Club IMPACT® Foundation sponsors the Lott IMPACT® Trophy and has donated more than $1.6 million to universities and charities throughout the country.
HERE ARE THE FOUR FINALISTS:
JORDAN DAVIS – NT, GEORGIA (12-1), SR.
6-6, 340, 5.20. Charlotte, NC. Mid-season All-American; 22 tackles, 2 sacks, 3.5 tackles for loss, 8 quarterback hurries; Nagurski finalist, Outland finalist; Frosh All-American
“Georgia isn’t for everybody, but if it is for you‚ and you want to be coached hard and you want to do something special, then this is the place for you. It’s hard work. It’s tough, offseason is tough. It can make you or break you. People say pressure builds diamonds or busts pipes, and I want to be one of the diamonds.” – Jordan Davis
He reads to elementary school children, has been on the Athletic Director’s Honor Roll and has volunteered in programs that support children with cancer.
NAKOBE DEAN – LB, GEORGIA (12-1), JR.
6-0, 225, 4.60, Horn Lake, MS. Butkus Award winner as best linebacker in the country; SEC Defensive Player of the Year; Mid-season All-American; Has one interception this season, 61 total tackles; 20 quarterback hurries, 8.5 tackles for loss, 4.5 sacks; Butkus Award Semifinalist in 2020; Lott Player of Week Nov. 13; Georgia No. 1 scoring defense in country, yielding just 7.2 points per game
On pre-season watch list for the Wuerffel Trophy, which goes to the player “who best combines exemplary community service with athletic and academic achievement” Named by National Football Foundation as a member of its inaugural “Team of Distinction” which recognizes high school scholar-athletes; Awarded Ramsey scholarship for academic and athletic excellence; Mechanical engineering major. “Along with his undeniable talent, Nakobe is a true leader.” – Kenneth McKinney, Principal, Hope Suillivan Elementary School (where Nakobe does volunteer work)
AIDAN HUTCHINSON – DL, MICHIGAN (12-1), SR.
6-6, 269, 4.75, Plymouth, MI. Mid-season All-American; Big-Ten Defensive Player of the Year; One of four Lombardi finalists; His 14 sacks this season is a Michigan single season. Projected first round pick; Has 9 tackles for losses, 47 total tackles, 9 quarterback hurries, a forced fumble and a fumble recovery; Lott Player of the Week; In the words of Aidan’s High School Coach, John Filiatraut: “Aidan would probably be the best player on our team at eight defensive positions and eight to nine offensive positions.” Academic All-District, multiple times on Michigan honor roll. Campbell finalist with 3.54 GPA in applied exercise science. “Off the field, Aidan is extraordinarily spiritual and humble. If he was anything less than grounded, he has his two very close older sisters who would be the first to set their baby brother straight! Family is huge for him.” Mother Melissa Hutchinson
“He might be the best pass rusher in college football” – David Pollack, ESPN and former Lott IMPACT® Trophy winner.
DEVIN LLOYD – LB, UTAH (10-3) SR.
6-3, 232, 4.75, Chula Vista, CA. Mid-season All-American; Butkus, Bednarik and Walter Camp semi-finalist; Has 22 tackles for losses, 2nd in the country (42 career tackles for losses); 109 total tackles (leads Pac-12), 3 sacks, 3 interceptions; Returning Butkus award finalist; 3x All-Pac 12, 1st team in 2020 and 2021; 2020 Sporting News All-AA; Two-time Lott POW and three-time Pac-12 Player of the Week.
“I see exactly what the NFL looks for in linebackers. He’s got the size, the speed, the explosion, the athleticism, the intelligence — everything you see in those elite linebackers in the NFL, Devin possesses them. He plays within the structure and framework of the defense. But we utilize him in a lot of different ways. You saw us bring him off the edge quite a bit so far this season. He’s got great size. He runs like a deer. He’s instinctive, he’s got a long wingspan and you see him tip balls quite often, particularly in pass rush. He’s a playmaker. He’s a guy that when there’s a play to be made, he almost always makes it. He’s an absolute football junkie and student of the game. He watches as much film during the course of a week as anybody we’ve ever had here.” – Utah head coach Kyle Whittingham
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 – Derek Brown, Auburn
2020 – Paddy Fisher, Northwestern