Two SEC defensive stars are being singled out for their contributions off the field too.
Jamal Adams of LSU and Jonathan Allen of Alabama were among 10 players named Lott IMPACT Trophy semifinalists. The 13th annual award goes to a college football defensive player for their impact on and off the field.
According to the web site for the trophy, the award takes into account “the biggest IMPACT on his team both (sic) and off the field. IMPACT stands for Integrity, Performance, Academics, Community and Tenacity.”
The award is named for football legend Ronnie Lott of USC and the San Francisco 49ers.
“It is important that we recognize the character traits of our student-athletes, the ones who step forward with their leadership skills, with their commitment to their education and with their passion for helping build better communities,” Lott said in a statement issued on the award’s web site. “Each year we have had young men who represent their teams and universities at the highest standard. They exemplify all we believe in and all we are honored to promote.”
Adams is a junior safety for the Tigers with NFL potential.
Allen is a senior defensive tackle for the top-ranked Crimson Tide. He is thought to be one of the top prospects in the 2017 NFL draft.
The other semifinalists are Budda Baker, S, Washington; Adoree Jackson, CB, USC; Andrew King, LB, Army; Desmond King, CB, Iowa; Weston Steelhammer, S, Air Force; Micah Kiser, LB, Virginia; Raekwon McMillan, LB, Ohio State; and Jabrill Peppers, LB, Michigan.
A National Voter Panel, made up of former coaches, players, selected media and previous Lott IMPACT Trophy winners, will select four finalists as well as the winner. The finalists will be announced Nov. 29. The four finalists will be flown into Newport Beach where the annual Lott IMPACT Trophy Awards Banquet will be held at the prestigious Pacific Club on Dec. 11.