COLLEGE FOOTBALL’S DEFENSIVE IMPACT PLAYER OF THE YEAR
The Lott IMPACT Trophy is presented annually to the college football defensive IMPACT player of the year. IMPACT is an acronym for: Integrity, Maturity, Performance, Academics, Community, and Tenacity.
THIS YEAR’S WINNER…
JOSH ALLEN, LB, KENTUCKY WILDCATS
Three-time Lott IMPACT Trophy Player of the Week and four-time SEC Defensive Player of the Week. Butkus, Nagurski and Bednarik Finalist. Unanimous mid-season All-American. Has 18.5 tackles for losses (11th in country), 14 sacks (2ndin country), 5 forced fumbles (leads nation), 2 fumble recoveries, 6 quarterback hurries and 84 total tackles (most on the team). Last season: All-SEC 2nd team, 65 tackles, led team with 9.5 tackles for losses and six sacks, Kentucky career leader in sacks.
“I can’t say enough good things about Josh. He is a genuinely good guy. He cares for his teammates and I’ve seen him grow since he came to school,” – Jen Smith, Kentucky beat reporter for Lexington Herald-Leader, Josh has donated time for Special Olympics and children’s cancer research program.
The 2018 Lott IMPACT Trophy finalists included:
- Kentucky – LB Josh Allen
- Washington – LB Ben Burr-Kirven
- Clemson – DL Christian Wilkins
- Duke – LB Ben Humphreys