USC senior hybrid linebacker Devon Kennard was named one of the four finalists for the Lott IMPACT Trophy Tuesday.
The Lott Trophy is given to the top defensive player in the country who embodies the values which form the IMPACT acronym: Integrity, Maturity, Performance, Academics, Community, and Tenacity.
A defensive captain for the Trojans, Kennard has created havoc in opposing backfields this season. He boasts 11 tackles for loss and a team-leading eight sacks to help make USC’s defensive front one of the most formidable in the country. He also has 50 tackles on the season, eight quarterback hurries and four passes broken up. He was named a mid-season All-Pac-12.
The Arizona native has also made an impact off the field. He was named to the second team All-Pac-12 Academic team this year, an honor he also earned in 2010 and 20122. He graduated with a degree in communication in three years with a GPA of 3.88. His volunteer work has also been praised including work with the homeless, at local hospitals and in earthquake-torn Haiti.
The other finalists for the award are UCLA’s Anthony Barr, Wisconsin’s Chris Borland and Iowa’s James Morris.
Barr and Kennard will face off this Saturday at the Coliseum with the award potentially on the line.