Bolden Named to Lott Trophy Watch List

Senior LB Joe Bolden was named to the Lott IMPACT Trophy watch list today given annually to the top college football defensive player.

ANN ARBOR, Mich. -- Joe Bolden is expected to be one of the best defensive players in the country this year for Michigan. With those expectations -- comes the pre-season hype.

Hence, why the senior was named on the 12th annual Lott IMPACT Trophy watch list given annually to the best defensive player in the country. The award, of course, is named after Hall of Fame safety Ronnie Lott.

As a junior, Bolden started 12 games and finished second on the team with 102-tackles -- a new career high -- and two sacks. He also played a huge role on Michigan defense that finished top-ten nationally in total defense.

Last month, Bolden went on record that years group could be even better.

"I think the No. 1 defense in the nation is the best we can be," Bolden said March 15. "If that's the limit. If that the top. If that's No. 1 spot, that's where we'll be."

Michigan finished seventh in total defense in 2014, giving up 311.3 yards per game and third overall in the Big Ten. However, U-M struggled as a team, finishing with a 5-7 record.

"So we're going to work [to get] there," said Bolden, who has 187 career tackles. "We're going to work our tails off and we're going to get there."

And if they do, Bolden might bring home some individual hardware this fall.

The winner of the award will be announced on Dec. 13 at the Pacific Club in Newport Beach, Calif.

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