A total of seven conferences and one independent were represented among the 42-player Lott IMPACT Trophy watch list, the Pacific Club IMPACT Foundation announced Tuesday.
Boston College’s Luke Kuechly is the only 2010 first-team Associated Press All-American represented on the list, while there are six players who were named to the AP‘s second team — Nebraska’s Jared Crick, TCU’s Tank Carder, Nebraska’s Lavonte David, Virginia Tech’s Jayron Hosley, Oregon’s Cliff Harris and Alabama’s Mark Barron — who are on the initial watch list.
One player on the last, Arizona’s Omar Bolden, is likely out for the entire 2011 season after suffering a torn ACL during spring practice earlier this month. Another player on this list, North Carolina’s Matt Merletti, has a father who was the former director of the United States Secret Service.
The ACC led all conferences with 11 players, followed by the SEC and Big Ten with eight apiece. The Pac-12 with seven, the Big 12 four, the Mountain West two and the Big East and Notre Dame with one apiece rounded out the initial field.
According to the foundation’s mission statement, the award is given annually to individuals who demonstrate excellence in the field of athletics. The IMPACT award recognizes college football’s Defensive Player of the Year who best exemplifies Integrity, Maturity, Performance, Academics, Community and Tenacity.
J.J. Watt of Wisconsin was last year’s winner. Other winners have included TCU’s Jerry Hughes (2009), Ohio State’s James Laurinaitis (2008), LSU’s Glenn Dorsey (2007), Cal’s Dante Hughes (2006), Alabama’s DeMeco Ryans (2005) and Georgia’s David Pollack (2004).
The award is named for college and NCAA Hall of Famer Ronnie Lott.
Here is the entire 2011 Lott Award watch list:
Ray-Ray Armstrong, Miami, DB
Nigel Bradham, Florida State, LB
Quinton Coples, North Carolina, DE
Matt Daniels, Duke, S
Jayron Hosley, Virginia Tech, CB
Brandon Jenkins, Florida State, DE
Luke Kuechly, Boston College, LB
Matt Merletti, North Carolina, S
Chase Minnifield, Virginia, CB
Sean Spence, Miami, LB
Kenny Tate, Maryland, S
Kendall Reyes, Connecticut, DT
Jared Crick, Nebraska, DL
Lavonte David, Nebraska, LB
Aaron Henry, Wisconsin, DB
Joe Holland, Purdue, LB
Jordan Kovacs, Michigan, S
Tyler Nielsen, Iowa, LB
John Simon, Ohio State, DT
Jerel Worthy, Michigan State, DT
Emmanuel Acho, Texas, LB,
Brodrick Brown, Oklahoma State, CB
Travis Lewis, Oklahoma, LB
Jacquies Smith, Missouri, DE
Manti Te’o, Notre Dame, LB
Tank Carder, TCU, LB
Billy Winn, Boise State, DE
Omar Bolden, Arizona State, CB
Tony Dye, UCLA, S
Cliff Harris, Oregon, CB
Delano Howell, Stanford, DB
Mychal Kendricks, Cal, LB
T.J. McDonald, USC, S
Shayne Skov, Stanford, LB
Mark Barron, Alabama, S
Jake Bequette, Arkansas, DL
Stephon Gilmore, South Carolina, CB
Dont’a Hightower, Alabama, LB
Janois Jenkins, Florida, CB
Chris Marve, Vanderbilt, LB
Brandon Taylor, LSU, S
Prentiss Waggner, Tennessee, S