The Tigers’ defensive leader in total tackles is one of twenty NCAA players named to the quarterfinal list for the Lott Impact Trophy.
Now in its 18th year, the trophy goes to the student-athlete who portrays the characteristics closest to Ronnie Lott both on and off the field of play.
Lott is a former corner and safety who spent 14 seasons in the NFL after attending the University of Southern California where he was named a consensus All-American. His name resides in both the NFL Hall of Fame as well as the College Football Hall of Fame.
The IMPACT acronym in the trophy’s name stands for Integrity, Maturity, Performance, Academics, Community, and Tenacity.
It wasn’t that long ago when an Auburn player won the award for the first time in over a decade. Former Auburn defensive tackle and No. 7 overall draft pick Derrick Brown was the last Tiger to be recognized for his efforts both on and off the field in 2019.
Semi-finalists for the award will be chosen out of the twenty-man group in late November, with four finalists picked in December.
The four final players will be invited to the annual Lott IMPACT Trophy award show on Dec. 12, 2021, in Newport Beach, California. NFL and CFB Hall of Famer Charles Woodson will be guest speaking at the event.
The 2021 Lott IMPACT® Trophy Quarter-Finalists:
Alonzo Addae, CB, West Virginia
Thomas Booker, DE, Stanford
Coby Bryant, CB, Cincinnati
Damone Clark, LB, LSU
Yusuf Corker, S, Kentucky
Nakobe Dean, LB, Georgia
JoJo Domann, LB, Nebraska
Kyle Hamilton, S, Notre Dame
Tre’vius Hodges-Tomlinson, CB, TCU
Aidan Hutchinson, DE, Michigan
Drake Jackson, LB, USC
Josh Jobe, DB, Alabama
George Karlaftis, DE, Purdue
Devin Lloyd, LB, Utah
Zakoby McClain, LB, Auburn
PJ Mustipher, DT, Penn State
Bumper Pool, LB, Arkansas
Mike Rose, LB, Iowa State
Kayvon Thibodeaux, DE, Oregon
Zach VanValkenburg, DE, Iowa
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Larry is a senior studying journalism with a minor in sociology. He is from Enterprise, Alabama and is in his third year with The Auburn Plainsman.