Quarterfinalists for the 2016 Lott IMPACT Trophy were announced on Monday, and the list includes five players from the Big Ten.
Wisconsin linebackers Jack Cichy and T.J. Watt, Michigan linebacker Jabrill Peppers, Iowa cornerback Desmond King and Nebraska cornerback Joshua Kalu are among 19 quarterfinalists for the IMPACT Trophy, which is awarded to the nation’s best defensive player that makes an impact on and off the field.
Based on that description, it comes as no surprise that players like Peppers and Watt are on this list. Watt has 39 tackles and seven sacks this season, while Peppers has compiled 37 tackles and eight tackles for loss this season.
Kalu has one interception, four passes defended and 33 tackles for the undefeated Cornhuskers. Desmond King has six passes defended and one interception while helping the Hawkeyes hold opposing quarterbacks to a completion percentage of about 52 percent.
Wisconsin’s Cichy, who has 60 tackles this season, appears on the list as well. But he will not play another down this season after tearing his pectoral in the Badgers’ 17-9 victory over Iowa last week.
Semifinalists will be announced on Nov. 9. Four finalists will then be announced on Nov. 30, with the honor being awarded at the Pacific Club in Newport Beach, Calif., on Dec. 11. The schools for each finalist will receive $5,000 for their general scholarship fund, and the school of the winner will receive $25,000, according to the release.