*OFFICIAL MEDIA RELEASE FROM THE UNIVERSITY OF OREGON ATHLETIC DEPARTMENT*
University of Oregon linebacker Casey Matthews has been named one of eight semifinalists for the Lott IMPACT Trophy, presented annually to college football's defensive IMPACT player of the year. IMPACT is an acronym for integrity, maturity, performance, academics, community and tenacity.
Matthews, a fourth-year senior from Agoura Hills, Calif., is the Pac-10 co-leader with three fumble recoveries and is tied for third with a career-high three interceptions. He ranks second on team in tackles with 53 and is the only UO player to record at least one sack, interception, pass breakup and fumble recovery on the season.
Also a semifinalist for the Butkus Award (nation's best linebacker) and on the watch list for the Lombardi Award (outstanding lineman or linebacker), Matthews is the first Oregon player to reach the semifinal round of voting since Nick Reed in 2008.
Ballots will be sent to over 370 members of the Lott Trophy National Voter Panel, a list that includes Hall of Fame coaches and players, select members of the media and distinguished business leaders throughout the country.
Voting for the four finalists will take place from Nov. 12 through Nov. 24. The finalists will be flown to Newport Beach where the winner will be announced at a gala black-tie banquet at the Pacific Club.
2010 Lott IMPACT Trophy Semifinalists
Sam Acho, DL, Texas
Prince Amukumara, CB, Nebraska
Quinton Carter, DB, Oklahoma
Jeron Johnson, S, Boise State
Ryan Kerrigan, DL, Purdue
Casey Matthews, LB, Oregon
Patrick Peterson, CB, LSU
J.J. Watt, DE, Wisconsin
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Casey Matthews Named Lott Semifinalist
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