Suh will anchor the 2009 Nebraska defense after a dominant performance in 2008. Suh earned first-team All-Big 12 honors after leading Nebraska with 76 tackles, including 7.5 sacks and 19 tackles for loss. He was the first interior defensive lineman to lead Nebraska in tackles since 1973, and he also had two interception returns for touchdowns.
Suh is one of seven Big 12 players named to the watch list.
Named after Hall of Famer Lott, The Lott Trophy is awarded to college football's Defensive IMPACT Player of the Year. Now in its sixth year, The Lott Trophy is the only college football award to equally recognize athletic performance and the personal character attributes of the player.
Sponsored by The Pacific Club IMPACT Foundation, the award is given to a player who exhibits the same characteristics Lott embodied during his distinguished career: Integrity, Maturity, Performance, Academics, Community and Tenacity.
David Pollack of Georgia won the initial Lott Trophy in 2004. DeMeco Ryans of Alabama won the award in 2005, Daymeion Hughes of Cal was the recipient in 2006, Glenn Dorsey of LSU in 2007 and Ja mes Laurinaitis of Ohio State last year. Georgia, Alabama, Cal, LSU and Ohio State have each received $25,000 for their general scholarship funds. In five years, the Pacific Club IMPACT Foundation has now donated nearly $650,000 to various charities, including the four universities.
Voters for the award include selected members of the national media, previous finalists, the Board of Directors of the Pacific Club IMPACT Foundation, The IMPACT Foundation Board of Advisors comprised of many retired NFL players and Legends Coaches, a distinguished group of former head college coaches.
The winner will be announced at a gala black-tie banquet at The Pacific Club in Newport Beach, Calif. on December 13, 2009.
The2009 Lott Trophy Watch List
Matthew Bauman, LB, BYU, Sr., 6-1, 232 (Salt Lake City)
Alex Carrington, DE, Arkansas State, Sr., 6-5, 275 (Tupelo,Ms)
Terrence Cody, DT, Alabama, Sr., 6-5, 365 (Ft, Myers, Fl)
Harry Coleman, LB, LSU, Sr., 6-2, 205 (Baldwin, La)
Kurt Coleman, S, Ohio State, Sr., 5-11, 188 (Clayton,Oh)
Rennie Curran, LB, Georgia, Jr., 5-11, 228 (Snellville,Ga)
Jan Jorgensen, DE, BYU, Jr., 6-3, 260, (Helper, Ut)
Rolando McClain, LB, Alabama, Jr., 6-4, 249 (Decatur, Al)
Jeff Owens, DT, Georgia, Sr., 6-3, 298 (Sunrise, Fl)
Ndamukong Suh, DE, Nebraska, Sr., 6-4, 300 (Portland,Or)
Syd'Quan Thompson, DB, Cal, Sr., 5-9, 187 (Sacramento)
Alterraun Verner, DB, UCLA, Jr., 5-11, 178 (Carson,Ca)
T.J.Ward, DB, Oregon, Sr., 5-11, 200 (Antoch, Ca.)