Suh Named Lott Trophy Finalist

Ndaumkong Suh has been named a finalist for the Lott Trophy. This is the fifth major national award that he has been named a finalist for in the past three weeks. In addition to the Lott Trophy, Suh is also a finalist for the Lombardi Award, Outland Trophy, Nagurski Trophy and the Bednarik Award. He is also one of 15 players on the "players to watch list" for the Walter Camp Player of the Year.

Newport Beach, Ca. – Ndaumkong Suh of Nebraska has been named a finalist for the sixth annual Lott Trophy, it was announced today by The Pacific Club IMPACT Foundation.

Suh is a senior Defensive Tackle from Portland, Oregon, who leads the Cornhuskers in tackles (70), tackles for losses (16) and quarterback hurries (22).  He was selected the Lott Player of the Week a record three times this season. 

The annual Lott Trophy Banquet will be held Dec. 13 at The Pacific Club in Newport Beach, Ca. where the winner will be announced.  The banquet will be televised live by Fox Sports West.

The other three finalists are Eric Berry of Tennessee, Rolando McClain of Alabama and Jerry Hughes of TCU.  All four finalists will attend the banquet where the keynote speaker will be Peter Ueberroth. 

Named after Hall of Famer Ronnie 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 first college football award to equally recognize athletic performance and the personal character attributes of the player.

            Sponsored by The Pacific Club IMPACT Foundation in Newport Beach, the award is given to the player who exhibits the same characteristics Lott embodied during his distinguished career: Integrity, Maturity, Performance, Academics, Community and Tenacity.

Says Nebraska Coach Bo Pelini: "Having spent nearly a decade in the NFL, and the past 7 years in college football, I have had the good fortune to work with a number of outstanding players, great leaders and men of excellent character.  I can assure you that Ndamukong Suh ranks right near the top of that list when you evaluate his total impact on our football program. 

Says former Washington Coach Don James: "I was impressed with the quickness and athleticism of Suh. It is hard to believe he is a defensive tackle with those skills and that big body"

 It is the first time Tennessee, TCU and Nebraska have had a finalist for the Lott Trophy. Alabama's DeMeco Ryans won the award in 2005. 

            Past winners of The Lott Trophy:

            2004 – David Pollack, Georgia

            2005 – DeMeco Ryans, Alabama

            2006 – Dante Hughes, California

            2007 – Glenn Dorsey, LSU

            2008 – James Laurinaitis, Ohio State

            In five years, the Pacific Club IMPACT Foundation has donated more than $650,000 to various charities, including $25,000 to each of the winners' universities.

            Voters for the award include selected members of the national media, previous finalists, the Board of Directors of the IMPACT Foundation, the IMPACT Foundation Board of Advisors comprised of retired NFL players and the Legends Coaches, a distinguished group of former college head coaches.

 

 

Named after Pro Football Hall of Fame member, Ronnie Lott, The Lott Trophy is awarded to college football's Defensive IMPACT Player of the Year. Founded in 2004 by The Pacific Club IMPACT Foundation, The Lott Trophy is the first and only college football award to equally recognize athletic performance and the personal character attributes of the player. The Lott Trophy is given to the player who exhibits the same characteristics Lott embodied during his distinguished career: Integrity, Maturity, Performance, Academics, Community and Tenacity. Voters for the award include selected members of the national media, previous finalists, the Board of Directors of the Pacific Club IMPACT Foundation and the Legends Coaches which is a distinguished group of former college football head coaches. The sixth annual Lott Trophy dinner will be held December 13th at The Pacific Club in Newport Beach, California. For more information on The Lott Trophy visit: www.LottTrophy.com.

 

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