Four of the Big Ten’s top defenders are among the 20 quarterfinalists for the Lott IMPACT Trophy announced on Wednesday.
Ohio State’s Tyquan Lewis, Iowa’s Josey Jewell and the Penn State duo of Jason Cabinda and Marcus Allen are all still in the running for the award, which is dedicated to recognizing the top college defensive players for performance both on and off the field, per the release.
We are pleased to announce the 20 Quarter-Finalists for the Lott IMPACT Trophy! #CharacterCounts
— Lott IMPACT Trophy (@TheLottTrophy) October 18, 2017
Allen and Cabinda have both already been honored by the Lott committee this season, as Allen won the weekly Lott IMPACT Player of the Week award in Week 2 while Cabinda took it home in Week 5.
If any of the four Big Ten quarterfinalists were to win the Lott IMPACT Trophy, they would be the third straight player to win the award after Penn State’s Carl Nassib won it in 2015 and Michigan’s Jabrill Peppers got it in 2016.
The award, named after former USC and NFL defensive back Ronnie Lott, is voted on by a panel of former coaches, players, selected media and previous Lott IMPACT Trophy winners.
Quarterfinalists for the 2017 Lott IMPACT Trophy
- Marcus Allen, S, Penn State
- Quin Blanding, S, Virginia
- Ben Burr-Kirven, LB, Washington
- Jason Cabinda, LB, Penn State
- Tremaine Edmunds, LB, Virginia Tech
- Minkah Fitzpatrick, DB, Alabama
- Zaire Franklin, LB, Syracuse
- Derwin James, CB, Florida State
- Malik Jefferson, DE, Texas
- Josey Jewell, LB, Iowa
- Micah Kiser, LB, Virginia
- Christian LaCouture, DL, LSU
- Tyquan Lewis, DE, Ohio State
- Courtney Love, LB, Kentucky
- Hercules Mata’afa, DL, Washington State
- Ogbonnia Okoronkwo, LB, Oklahoma
- Harrison Phillips, DL, Stanford
- Cameron Smith, LB, USC
- Drue Tranquill, S, Notre Dame
- Christian Wilkins, DL, Clemson