Senior defensive end/hybrid outside linebacker Devon Kennard is inching his way toward some hardware. The fifth-year man has been named a semi-finalist for the Lott IMPACT Trophy.
The trophy, which was fist awarded back in 2004, is presented by the Pacific Club IMPACT Foundation of Newport Beach, and championed by former USC great and NFL Hall of Famer Ronnie Lott.
The award stresses six pillars –Integrity, Maturity, Performance, Academics, Community, and Tenacity– which together make up the acronym IMPACT.
Kennard’s case for the award is two-fold, based in his on and off the field maturity. After tearing pectoral muscle last July, Kennard was forced to redshirt his true senior season, and has come back in 2013 with a renewed vigor.
Through 10 games, Kennard’s recorded a team-high eight sacks, which puts him behind only Stanford’s Trent Murphy for tops in the Pac-12. He’s also amassed 47 total tackles, his most since the 2010 season, when he started eight games at middle linebacker.
Kennard is also one of USC’s team captains, and has been active in the community.
Other semi-finalists include UCLA’s Anthony Barr, BYU’s Kyle Van Noy and Alabama’s C.J. Mosely. For a full list of semi-finalists, you can click here.
A USC Trojan has never won the Lott IMPACT Trophy.