Nebraska senior defenders Jared Crick and Lavonte David are two of 42 players named to the 2011 Lott IMPACT Trophy Watch List on Tuesday. The award honors the top collegiate defensive player in the country and is named in honor of former USC and NFL great Ronnie Lott.
Crick enters his senior season with 19 career sacks, including 9.5 sacks in each of the past two seasons. He has been a first-team all-conference selection each of the past two years and will look to become the first Nebraska
player in more than a decade to be a three-time all-conference pick. Crick was a quarterfinalist for the Lott Trophy last season, while also being named a second-team All-American and a semifinalist for the Rotary Lombardi Award.
In his first season at Nebraska in 2010, David set a Nebraska single-season record with 152 tackles. His play earned David Big 12 Defensive Newcomer-of-the-Year honors and second-team All-America accolades. David recorded eight games with double-figure tackles last season and also ranked second on the team in sacks (6), tackles for loss (15) and pass breakups (10).
David and Crick are among seven starters returning to a Nebraska defense that ranked in the top 12 nationally in scoring, passing and total defense a year ago.
The list of 42 watch list members includes eight players who will compete in the Big Ten Conference in 2011.