NEWPORT BEACH, Calif. – Arkansas defensive end Jake Bequette has been named to the 2011 Lott IMPACT Trophy Watch List, honoring the top collegiate defensive player in the country. The announcement came Tuesday at a luncheon hosted by Ronnie Lott and the Pacific Club IMPACT Foundation.
Bequette enters the 2011 season tied for 10th on Arkansas’ all-time career sacks list with 13.5. Last season, the Little Rock, Ark., native started all 13 games for the Razorbacks and was a second-team All-SEC selection by the AP and coaches. He finished the season with 32 tackles, including 8.5 for loss and a career-high seven sacks, and tied for the team lead with five quarterback hurries. His team-leading sack total tied for fifth in the SEC and is tied for the eighth-highest single-season total in Arkansas history.
This is the eighth year that the IMPACT Foundation has recognized the student-athletes throughout the nation who have had the biggest IMPACT on their teams both on and off the field. IMPACT is an acronym for Integrity, Maturity, Performance, Academics, Community and Tenacity, characteristics that Ronnie Lott exhibited throughout his brilliant Hall of Fame career at both USC and in the National Football League.
The 2011 list of 42 (Lott’s uniform number) includes 19 defensive backs, 14 linebackers and nine defensive linemen. There are 11 players from the ACC, eight from the SEC, seven from the Big Ten, six from the Pac-10, six from the Big 12, one from the Big East, one from the Mountain West, one from the Western Athletic Conference and one from Notre Dame.
Eleven of the nominees received All-American honors a year ago and 10 were accorded academic honors in their respective conferences.
The Lott Trophy has now donated nearly $850,000 to charities since its inception in 2004, including $275,000 to 23 different universities. The winners’ school receives $25,000 annually, each of the three runner-ups $5,000 and the Lott IMPACT Player of the Week $1,000.
A national voter panel, made up of more than 200 former collegiate stars, former college coaches, members of the media and both the Lott IMPACT Board of Directors and Board of Advisors, will select the four finalists who will be honored at the annual Lott IMPACT Trophy banquet Dec. 11 in Newport Beach.The 2011 Lott IMPACT Trophy Watch ListEmmanuel Acho, Texas, LB, Ray-Ray Armstrong, Miami, DBMark Barron, Alabama, SJake Bequette, Arkansas, DEOmar Bolden, Arizona State, CBNigel Bradham, Florida State, LBBrodrick Brown, Oklahoma State, CBTank Carder, TCU, LBQuinton Coples, North Carolina, DEJared Crick, Nebraska, DLLavonte David, Nebraska, LBMatt Daniels, Duke, STony Dye, UCLA, S Stephon Gilmore, South Carolina, CBCliff Harris, Oregon, CBAaron Henry, Wisconsin, DBDont’a Hightower, Alabama, LBJoe Holland, Purdue, LBJayron Hosley, Virginia Tech, CBDelano Howell, Stanford, DBBrandon Jenkins, Florida State, DEJanoris Jenkins, Florida, CB Mychal Kendricks, Cal, LBJordan Kovacs, Michigan, SLuke Kuechly, Boston College, LB Travis Lewis, Oklahoma, LBChris Marve, Vanderbilt, LBT.J. McDonald, USC, SMatt Merletti, North Carolina, SChase Minnifield, Virginia, CBTyler Nielsen, Iowa, LBKendall Reyes, Connecticut, DTJohn Simon, Ohio State, DTShayne Skov, Stanford, LBJacquies Smith, Missouri, DESean Spence, Miami, LBKenny Tate, Maryland, S Brandon Taylor, LSU, S Manti Te’o, Notre Dame, LBPrentiss Waggner, Tennessee, SBilly Winn, Boise State, DEJerel Worthy, Michigan State, DTPast winners of The Lott Trophy2004 – David Pollack, Georgia2005 – DeMeco Ryans, Alabama2006 – Dante Hughes, California2007 – Glenn Dorsey, LSU2008 – James Laurinaitis, Ohio State2009 – Jerry Hughes, TCU2010 – J.J. Watt, WisconsinNamed 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, distinguished former players and coaches, previous finalists, the Board of Directors of the Pacific Club IMPACT Foundation and the IMPACT Foundation Board of Advisors. To date, the Foundation has donated more than $850,000 to various charities throughout the country. The eighth annual Lott Trophy dinner will be held December 11th at The Pacific Club in Newport Beach, California. For more information on The Lott Trophy visit: www.LottImpactTrophy.com.