Stuart McNair

Alabama’s Allen, Jackson, Williams make watch list for Lott Trophy

Lott Trophy for nation’s top defensive players watching three Alabama stars

Alabama has a well-deserved reputation for defense, and that shows up with the preseason watch list for the 2016 Lott Impact Trophy, which goes to the nation’s top college defensive football player.

Of the 42 men on the initial watch list, three are Alabama players – end Jonathan Allen, safety Eddie Jackson, and linebacker Tim Williams.

Named for legendary USC defensive back and NFL Hall of Famer, Ronnie Lott, the award is given to the player who best represents the best combination of on-field play and character. The voting is done a panel of former coaches, players, and media members, and there will be a Lott IMPACT Trophy Player of the Week award given out each week during the season, with the winner earning a $1,000 scholarship for his school.

Former winners include Alabama linebacker DeMeco Ryans in 2005.

Allen led last year’s Crimson Tide national champions with 12 sacks among his 14 ½ tackles for loss as he earned All-Southeastern Conference.

Jackson, also All-SEC, had six interceptions which he returned for 230 yards and also had 46 tackles.

Williams was not even a starter for Alabama last year, but was very effective as a situational outside linebacker/pass rusher who had 10 ½ sacks among his 12 ½ takcles for loss.

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