NEWPORT BEACH, Ca. – USC’s Devon Kennard has been named the Lott IMPACT Player of the Week.
The 6-3, 255-pound senior from Phoenix was credited with two tackles for loss (one a sack), two pass breakups, one quarterback hurry and three tackles in the Trojans’ 30-13 victory over Hawaii.
In recognition of Kennard’s performance, the Pacific Club IMPACT Foundation, sponsors of the Lott IMPACT Trophy, will make a $1,000 donation to the general scholarship fund at USC.
Kennard, who missed all of 2012, is also an honors student, carrying a 3.23 grade point average. He graduated from USC in the spring of 2012 and is currently working on a master’s degree in communications. He’s a two-time conference academic honoree and a team captain this season.
Other notable performances by players on the Lott IMPACT Trophy Watch List were:
Geoffrey Bacon (Army, S): Had team high 12.5 tackles (9 solo) after moving from linebacker to safety. Cadets opened with 28-12 win over Morgan State.
Max Bullough (Michigan State, LB): Led Spartans with 9 tackles and had 2.5 tackles for loss in win over Western Michigan, 26-13.
Ibraheim Campbell (Northwestern, S): Had 8 tackles and an interception in 44-30 win over Cal.
Eric Kendricks (UCLA, LB): Led Bruins with 9.5 tackles, one tackle for loss and one pass breakup in win over Nevada, 38-20.
Ryan Shazier (Ohio State, LB): Had 7 tackles, one tackle for loss and a pass breakup in win over Buffalo, 40-20.
Derron Smith (Fresno State, S): Had an interception and team high 8 tackles in win over Rutgers, 52-51.
John Timu (Washington, LB): Led team with 10 tackles (1/2 tackle for loss) in win over Boise State, 38-6.
Named after Pro Football Hall of Fame member, Ronnie Lott, The Lott Trophy is awarded to college football’s Defensive IMPACT Player of the Year. Founded in 2004 by The Pacific Club IMPACT Foundation, The Lott Trophy is the first and only college football award to equally recognize athletic performance and the personal character attributes of the player. The Lott Trophy is given to the player who exhibits the same characteristics Lott embodied during his distinguished career: Integrity, Maturity, Performance, Academics, Community and Tenacity. Voters for the award include selected members of the national media, previous finalists, the Board of Directors of the Pacific Club IMPACT Foundation and a distinguished group of former college football head coaches. To date, the Foundation has donated more than $1 million to various charities throughout the country. The 10th annual Lott Trophy dinner will be held Dec. 8th at The Pacific Club in Newport Beach, California. For more information on The Lott Trophy visit: www.LottImpactTrophy.org.