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Myles Jack one of 42 on Lott IMPACT watch list

B.J. Denker, Myles Jack

Yep, it’s that time of the year again.

Wednesday afternoon, the Pacific Club IMPACT Foundation became the first of a slew of awards to release a preseason watch list, with 42 players making up the initial group for the Lott IMPACT Trophy.  There are 17 linebackers, eight defensive ends, seven safeties, five cornerbacks, three defensive tackles and two players listed as defensive backs for an award that’s given annually to the player who has the biggest IMPACT — Integrity, Maturity, Performance, Academics, Community and Tenacity – on their teams both on and off the field.

There are no finalists or semifinalists from last year’s award, won by UCLA’s Anthony Barr, on this season’s watch list as each has moved on to the NFL.

Of the six schools with two players on the initial watch list, four are from the Pac-12: Stanford (CB Wayne Lyons, S Jordan Richards), UCLA (LBs Myles Jack and Eric Kendricks), USC (LB Hayes Pullard, DT Leonard Williams) and Washington (DE Hau’oli Kikaha, DT Danny Shelton). The only other schools with more than one on the list were Duke (LBs Kelby Brown and David Helton) and Nebraska (S Corey Cooper, DE Randy Gregory).

Not so unexpectedly based on the above, the Pac-12 paced all conferences with 11 players listed, followed by the SEC (eight), the Big 12 and Big Ten (seven apiece), the ACC (six) and Mountain West (one). Independent programs (Army, Notre Dame) accounted for the remaining two.

The 11th Lott Trophy will be handed out Dec. 14 this year.

For the complete Lott Trophy watch list, see below:

Geoffrey Bacon, DB, Army
Vic Beasley, DE, Clemson
Michael Bennett, DT, Ohio State
Kelby Brown, LB, Duke
Shilique Calhoun, DE, Michigan State
Sam Carter, S, TCU
Henry Coley, LB, Virginia
Landon Collins, S, Alabama
Corey Cooper, S, Nebraska
Ronald Darby, CB, Florida State
Michael Doctor, LB, Oregon State
Alvin “Bud” Dupree, DE, Kentucky
Ifo Ekpre-Olomu, CB, Oregon
Collin Ellis, LB, Northwestern
Cole Farrand, LB, Maryland
Randy Gregory, DE, Nebraska
Bryce Hager, LB, Baylor
Vernon Hargreaves, DB, Florida
David Helton, LB, Duke
Myles Jack, LB, UCLA
A.J. Johnson, LB, Tennessee
Karl Joseph, S, West Virginia
Eric Kendricks, LB, UCLA
Hau’oli Kikaha, DE, Washington
Ben Kline, LB, Penn State
Cameron Lynch, LB, Syracuse
Wayne Lyons, CB, Stanford
Jaylen Milles, CB, LSU
Jonathon Mincy, CB, Auburn
Ryan Mueller, DE, Kansas State
Cory Morrissey, DE, Iowa State
Hayes Pullard, LB, USC
Cedric Reed, DE, Texas
Jordan Richards, S, Stanford
Deterrian Shackleford, LB, Ole Miss
Danny Shelton, DT, Washington
Derron Smith, S, Fresno State
Jaylon Smith, LB, Notre Dame
Eric Striker, LB, Oklahoma
Jared Tevis, S, Arizona
Leonard Williams, DT, USC
Ramik Wilson, LB, Georgia

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10 Responses to “Myles Jack one of 42 on Lott IMPACT watch list”
  1. irishdodger says: May 14, 2014 9:36 PM

    Jaylon, not Haylon; Smith

  2. socalcharger says: May 15, 2014 2:34 AM

    SEC! SEC! SEC! Wait, what?

  3. longborer69 says: May 15, 2014 3:21 AM

    I’m sure I read somewhere they don’t play defense in the PAC.

    Seeing this almost makes me think that maybe they do play defense, and that PAC offenses score a lot because they are — good.

    Integrity, Maturity, Academics, Community. Florida State does have someone on the list. So does Ohio State. But then, this is about defensive players, not offensive players or coaches. So that’s good.

  4. chicksdigthelongballs says: May 15, 2014 7:51 AM

    Longborer is gay

  5. bonerchamp says: May 15, 2014 9:26 AM

    No Denzel Perryman? Makes sense.

  6. 8to80texansblog says: May 15, 2014 11:55 AM

    The Michael Bennett that is linked is a WR from UGA….?

  7. rolltide510 says: May 15, 2014 5:04 PM

    Maybe the PAC has the best defenders in the country.

    …Or maybe there’s another reason why this random award few have even heard of that’s given out by a club based in Southern California has mostly west coast players?

  8. scbaby2013 says: May 15, 2014 11:17 PM

    Leonard Williams all day everyday!!!

  9. bornahawker says: May 19, 2014 11:51 PM

    Myles Jack is THE best player in college football. What a player.

  10. nyheels29 says: May 20, 2014 9:14 AM

    Butchered the name of Jalen Mills, LSU. “Jaylen Milles”??

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