USC senior outside linebacker Devon Kennard has been named to the Lott IMPACT Trophy Watch List, given to the nation’s top defensive player that exemplifies strong character on and off the field.
The award is named for former Trojan standout Ronnie Lott, a two time All-American and College Football Hall of Famer. In the pros, he won four Super Bowl rings with the San Francisco 49ers, was sellected for the Pro Bowl ten times and also earned a spot in the Pro Football Hall of Fame.
The IMPACT portion of the award stands for Integrity, Maturity, Performance, Academics, Community and Tenacity, traits that the award recipient is to embody.
Aside from Kennard, the Pac-12 has 10 other athletes in contention for the award, including UCLA’s Anthony Barr.
Of being named to the watch list, Kennard said, “that is a huge national award, and I am honored.”
In 2012, former Trojan T.J. McDonald also received a nomination for the Lott IMPACT award, but Notre Dame’s Manti Te’o took home the hardware.
Though the trophy is named for a man of Troy, no Trojan has won the award in its nearly 10-year history. Only one athlete from a a Pac-12 school has ever won it, with Cal’s Dante Hughes earning the honor in 2006.
For a complete look at the Pac-12 athletes in consideration for the Lott IMPACT award, click here.