By Trent Rush, Media Relations, The Lott IMPACT® Trophy
NEWPORT BEACH, CA. – Alabama’s Will Anderson Jr. has been named the winner of the 19th Annual Lott IMPACT® Trophy.
The announcement came Sunday night at the Pacific Club in Newport Beach, CA, at the Lott IMPACT® Trophy Annual Award Show from Ronnie Lott.
The award goes to the defensive player who has made the biggest IMPACT on his team. IMPACT stands for Integrity, Maturity, Performance, Academics, Community and Tenacity.
Anderson led the SEC in tackles for a loss and was also named SEC defensive player of the year for the second straight season. Anderson also projects as a consensus top five pick in the upcoming NFL draft. Ranked No. 5 In the country, Alabama will play Kansas State in the Sugar Bowl Dec. 31 in New Orleans.
The Pacific Club IMPACT Foundation will present a $25,000 check to the general scholarship fund at Alabama in recognition of Anderson’s achievement. Runners up were Felix Anudike-Uzomah of Kansas State, Tommy Eichenberg of Ohio State, and Tuli Tuipulotu of USC. Each of those schools will receive $5,000 for their school’s scholarship fund.
Also, the Pacific Club IMPACT® Foundation announced that next year’s 20th Lott IMPACT® Trophy award will be presented at the Air Force Academy in Colorado Springs, CO.
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
2022 – Will Anderson Jr., Alabama
About the Lott IMPACT Trophy:
Named after Pro Football Hall of Fame member, Ronnie Lott, The Lott IMPACT® Trophy is awarded to college football's Defensive IMPACT Player of the Year. Founded in 2004 by The Pacific Club IMPACT® Foundation, The Lott Trophy is the first and only college football award to recognize both athletic performance and the personal character attributes of the player.
The Lott IMPACT® Trophy is given to the player who exhibits the same characteristics Lott embodied during his distinguished career: Integrity, Maturity, Performance, Academics, Community and Tenacity. Voters for the award include selected members of the national media, previous finalists, the Board of Directors of the Pacific Club IMPACT® Foundation and a distinguished group of former college football head coaches.
To date, the Foundation has donated more than $1.6 million to various charities throughout the country.
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