Monday, May 19, 2014
Pac-12 all over Lott watch list
By Kevin Gemmell
It’s time to start thinking about preseason watch lists. And the first one out is the Lott IMPACT Trophy, which is given annually to the defensive player who has the biggest “impact” on his team -- impact being an acronym for Integrity, Maturity, Performance, Academics, Community and Tenacity.
The award is in its 11th year.
Of the 42 players on this year’s watch list, 11 come from the Pac-12:
- Michael Doctor, LB, Oregon State
- Ifo Ekpre-Olomu, CB, Oregon
- Myles Jack, LB, UCLA
- Eric Kendricks, LB, UCLA
- Hau’oli Kikaha, DE, Washington
- Wayne Lyons, CB, Stanford
- Hayes Pullard, LB, USC
- Jordan Richards, S, Stanford
- Danny Shelton, DT, Washington
- Jared Tevis, S, Arizona
- Leonard Williams, DT, USC
UCLA’s Anthony Barr was the 2013 winner. Cal’s Dante Hughes was the league’s only other winner, in 2006.
Other previous winners include Manti Te’o (Notre Dame, 2012), Luke Kuechly (Boston College, 2011), J.J. Watt (Wisconsin, 2010), Jerry Hughes (TCU, 2009), James Laurinaitis (Ohio State, 2008), Glenn Dorsey (LSU, 2007), DeMeco Ryans (Alabama, 2005) and David Pollack (Georgia, 2004).
You can click here for the complete watch list.