NEWPORT BEACH, CA. – Texas A&Ms Antonio Johnson has been named the Lott IMPACT® Trophy Player of the Week for the second time this season, after already receiving the same honor in week 4.
Johnson had a game high 10 tackles, seven solo, with a QB hurry and forced a fumble in Aggies 38-23 upset of LSU on Saturday. Johnson has tallied 71 tackles on the year, five for a loss, including a sack and has forced fumbles in each of the last three weeks.
A native of East St Louis, IL, Johnson was an Army All-American out of East St Louis High School. Johnson was an All-SEC 2nd team pick last season and entered this year as a preseason All-American. Johnson was also named “Most Dependable” at Texas A&M and was acknowledged as the team’s top defensive playmaker.
The Lott IMPACT® Trophy is awarded annually to individuals who demonstrate excellence in the field of athletics and recognizes college football’s Defensive Player of the Year who best exemplifies the IMPACT acronym: Integrity, Maturity, Performance, Academics, Community and Tenacity.
The mission of The Pacific Club IMPACT® Foundation is to recognize and support both national and local charities that serve the youth of America with a focus on education and have a positive IMPACT® on the lives of young men and women.
Other nominees for the Lott IMPACT® Trophy Player of the Week in Week 13:
WILL ANDERSON Jr., LB, Alabama, Jr. – Two sacks, among three tackles for a loss with two QB hurries in Crimson Tide’s 49-27 win over Auburn in Iron Bowl.
KELEE RINGO, CB, Georgia, Jr. – Broke up three passes and made five tackles, four solo, in Bulldog’s 37-14 victory over Georgia Tech.
TULI TUIPULOTU, DL, USC, Jr. – Made a key sack at end of 1st half, among two tackles, as the Trojans beat Notre Dame 38-27.
J.J. WEAVER, LB, Kentucky, Jr. – Had a sack, among seven tackles and broke up a pass in the Wildcats 26-13 win over Louisville.
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
2021 – Aidan Hutchinson, Michigan