Amukamara and Crick Named Quarterfinalists

Senior cornerback Prince Amukamara and junior defensive tackle Jared Crick were two of the 23 defenders named quarterfinalists for the Lott Trophy, the Pacific Club IMPACT Foundation announced on Wednesday.

Nebraska, Oklahoma and LSU were the only schools with more than one player selected to the list. Named after NFL Hall of Famer Ronnie Lott, the Lott Trophy is presented annually to college football's defensive IMPACT player of the year. The Lott Trophy is the only college football award to equally recognize athletic performance and the personal character attributes of the player.

Semifinalists for the award will be announced on Nov. 3 and four finalists will be announced on Nov. 24. The winner of the 2010 Lott Trophy will be announced in early December.

Amukamara, a native of Phoenix, Ariz., is widely regarded as one of the nation's top cornerbacks. One of five defensive backs among the quarterfinalists, Amukamara leads Nebraska with seven pass breakups this season, while totaling 24 tackles, including 10 solo stops. He has helped Nebraska lead the nation in passing defense and pass efficiency defense.

A native of Cozad, Neb., Crick was one of 10 defensive linemen on the list of quarterfinalists. From his defensive tackle position, Crick ranks fifth on the team with 27 tackles. He is also tied the team lead with five tackles-for-loss, while ranking second with 2.5 sacks and five quarterback hurries

Lott IMPACT Trophy Quarterfinalists

Sam Acho, DL, Texas

Prince Amukamara, CB, Nebraska

Akeen Ayers, LB, UCLA

Allen Bailey, DE, Miami

Mark Barron, S, Alabama

Jeremy Beal, DE, Oklahoma

Quinton Carter, DB, Oklahoma

Jared Crick, DL, Nebraska

Lawrence Guy, DT, Arizona State

Mark Herzlich, LB, Boston College

Cameron Heyward, DT, Ohio State

Ross Homan, LB, Ohio State

Jeron Johnson, S, Boise State

Greg Jones, LB, Michigan State

Ryan Kerrigan, DL, Purdue

Casey Matthews, LB, Oregon

Josh McNary, DE, Army

Dontay Moch, DE, Nevada

Mike Mohamed, LB, Cal

Patrick Peterson, CB, LSU

Kelvin Sheppard, LB, LSU

JJ Watt, DE, Wisconsin

Alex Wujciak, LB, Maryland

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