NEWPORT BEACH, CA. – The Pacific Cub IMPACT® Foundation has named the eight semi-finalists for the 2021 Lott IMPACT® Trophy, presented by Andersen/Mark & Liz Vorsatz.
The Lott IMPACT® Trophy, named after Hall of Famer Ronnie Lott, recognizes student-athletes for their on and off the field contributions.
The winner of the 18th Annual Lott IMPACT® Trophy will be announced at the award show in Newport Beach, CA., December 12, 2021. Joel Klatt of FOX Sports will be the emcee and former Michigan Heisman Trophy winner Charles Woodson a special guest speaker.
Four finalists will be invited to attend.
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 EIGHT SEMI-FINALISTS:
COBY BRYANT – CB, CINCINNATI, (12-0), GRAD. (NO. 7)
6-1, 198, 4.55, Cleveland, OH. Thorpe finalist; 38 tackles, three interceptions, 11 pass breakups, three forced fumbles; Team captain; Week 5 Lott IMPACT® Player of the Week.
All AAC Academic team; Has degree in communications; “He has embodied what a student-athlete should be like,” – Zach Stipe, Associate AD, Cincinnati.
“I’d say that’s the biggest thing is constantly working, staying humble, and staying hungry.” – Coby Bryant
DAMONE CLARK – LB, LSU (6-6), JR. (NO. 18)
6-3, 240, 4.65, Baton Rouge, LA. Second in nation in tackles (135, 11.2 per game); 15.5 tackles for loss, two forced fumbles, interception; Two-time Lott IMPACT® Player of the Week.
Wears No. 18 for the second straight season after being awarded the jersey prior to the start of 2020. The No. 18 is worn by the LSU player that best represents the values of the program on and off the field.
YUSUF CORKER – S, KENTUCKY (9-3) GRAD (NO. 29)
6-0, 204, 4.50, McDonough, GA. 73 tackles (third-most on team), team-high 8 passes broken up, 3.5 tackles for losses, 1 quarterback hurry; Has played in 49 career games with 36 consecutive starting assignments; Honorable Mention All-SEC honors by Pro Football Focus.
Graduated Spring 2021 with Economics degree, currently pursuing second degree in Communication.
Two-time team captain.
Dean’s List and the SEC Fall Academic Honor Roll (Fall 2020).
He has volunteered to deliver food for God’s Pantry and has been a volunteer speaker at area elementary schools talking about how to be a successful student-athlete in today’s climate.
“Everything he does, he does with passion and excellence and he has definitely left his IMPACT on Kentucky football” – Chatham Boyer, Academic Counselor, University of Kentucky
JORDAN DAVIS – NT, GEORGIA (12-0), SR. (NO. 99)
6-6, 340, 5.20, Charlotte, NC; Mid-season All-American; 24 tackles, two sacks, 3.5 tackles for loss, nine quarterback hurries; Nagurski finalist, Outland finalist; Bednarik semifinalist.
Pursuing his passion for mythology by majoring in Religion.
“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
NAKOBE DEAN – LB, GEORGIA (12-0), JR. (NO 17)
6-0, 225, 4.60, Horn Lake, MS. Mid-season All-American; No. 1 team in the country; Has one interception this season, 56 total tackles; 15 quarterback hurries, 7.5 tackles for loss, 4.5 sacks; Butkus finalist; Bednarik semifinalist; Week 11 Lott IMPACT Player of Week
“Along with his undeniable talent, Nakobe is a true leader.” –Kenneth McKinney, Principal, Hope Suillivan Elementary School (where Nakobe does volunteer work)
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.
AIDAN HUTCHINSON – DL, MICHIGAN (11-1), SR. (NO. 97)
6-6, 265, 4.75, Plymouth, MI. Mid-season All-American; Mid-season Big Ten Player of the Year; Senior CLASS Award finalist; Campbell Award finalist (3.54 GPA – Applied Exercise Science); Rotary Lombardi Award finalist; his 12.5 sacks this season set a Michigan single season record; 14 tackles for losses, 51 total tackles, eight quarterback hurries, two forced fumbles; Two-time Lott IMPACT® Player of the Week
Two-time CoSIDA Academic All-District.
“Aidan would probably be the best player on our team at eight defensive positions and eight to nine offensive positions.” —John Filiatraut, Aidan’s High School Coach
“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.” —Melissa Hutchinson, mother
“He might be the best pass rusher in college football.” –David Pollack, ESPN and former Lott IMPACT® Trophy winner
GEORGE KARLAFTIS – DE, PURDUE (8-4), JR. (NO. 5)
6-4, 275, 4.90, West Lafayette, IN. 8 quarterback hurries, three forced fumbles, two recoveries, 11.5 tackles for loss, five sacks, 41 total tackles; began playing football in eighth grade after moving to the US from Greece.
2020 Academic All-Big Ten.
“Karlaftis’ film is pass-rusher nirvana. The dude legitimately looks like an NFL defensive end today, yet he plays with the hustle, tenacity and attention to detail of an undersized rusher from a lesser conference.” – Chris Trapasso, CBS
DEVIN LLOYD – LB, UTAH (9-3) JR. (NO. 0)
6-3, 235, 4.75, Chula Vista, CA. Mid-season All-American; Returning Butkus finalist; Bednarik and Walter Camp semi-finalist; Has 22 tackles for losses, 2nd in the country; 99 total tackles, eight sacks, three interceptions, six passes defended; Two-time Lott IMPACT® Player of the Week 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.” –Kyle Whittingham, Utah head coach
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