The latest honor for Scott McKillop is selection as a quarterfinalist for the Lott Trophy, awarded to college football's Defensive IMPACT Player of the Year. McKillop will lead Pittsburgh (5-2) against Notre Dame (5-2) Saturday at 2:30 p.m. in South Bend, Ind.
"Coach Wannstedt has still stressed with us this week to prove it, and last week we didn't prove it,'' McKillop said. "We just didn't execute on defense and on special teams. Our offense played a great game.
"But it's upsetting that their offense went out and took care of business against us. And our defense, we didn't hold up our end for the team. So, that's something that has to change this week.''
Named after Hall of Famer Ronnie Lott, and sponsored by The Pacific Club IMPACT Foundation, the Lott Trophy is given to a player who exhibits the same characteristics Lott embodied during his distinguished career: Integrity, Maturity, Performance, Academics, Community and Tenacity.
McKillop (Export, Pa.-Kiski Area) is one of 20 quarterfinalists for the honor, which last year was given to LSU's Glenn Dorsey. The list will be trimmed to eight semifinalists Nov. 11 and four finalists Nov. 26. The winner will be announced at a gala black-tie banquet Dec. 14 at The Pacific Club in Newport Beach, Calif.
Earlier this season, McKillop was named the Lott Trophy IMPACT Player of the Week for his performance in Pitt's 26-21 victory at USF (Oct. 2). He collected a team-high 12 tackles – all solo – and had two quarterback sacks, three TFLs and snuffed out a fake field goal against the Bulls.
McKillop has firmly established himself as one of the country's elite defensive players. He was honored as a first team Midseason All-American by five different outlets, including CBSSports.com, SI.com, CollegeFootballNews.com, Sporting News Today and Phil Steele.
One of college football's most productive defenders, McKillop ranks third nationally in solo stops (6.86 per game), 14th in tackles for loss (tied, 1.50 per game) and 19th in total tackles (9.57 per game). He leads the Big East in each of those categories.
On the year, McKillop has tallied 67 tackles, 10.5 stops behind the line, four sacks and three pass breakups.
McKillop additionally has been selected the Big East's Defensive Player of the Week three times this season (USF, Iowa and Buffalo games), making him an early favorite for the Conference's Defensive Player of the Year honor.
The Panthers game against Notre Dame will be nationally televised by NBC-TV.
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