NEWPORT BEACH, CA. – UCLA Linebacker Eric Kendricks has been named the Lott IMPACT Player of the Week.
The 6-0, 228-pound junior from Fresno led the Bruins with 13 tackles and had one of the six interceptions that led to a 34-27 win over Utah last week.
In recognition of Kendricks’ performance, the Pacific Club IMPACT Foundation, sponsors of the Lott IMPACT Trophy, will make a $1,000 donation to the general scholarship fund at UCLA.
Kendricks is the second Bruin to win the Lott IMPACT Player of the Week award, following teammate Anthony Barr, the Week 3 recipient. It is the fifth time in six weeks that the winner was from the Pac-12.
Kendricks led the Pac-12 in tackles last season with 150, which is the highest total in UCLA history behind only former All-American Jerry Robinson. Kendricks’ father Marv was the Bruins’ leading rusher in both 1970 and 1971.
A political science major, Kendricks has made the Athletic Director’s Honor Roll four times in his UCLA career. “He’s a leader on this team,” says Bruin head coach Jim Mora. “To have him out there in the huddle, directing things and looking like he did (after an injury this past summer) is a great thing for us.”
2013 Lott IMPACT Players of the Week
Week I – Devon Kennard, USC
Week 2 – Ed Reynolds, Stanford
Week 3 – Anthony Barr, UCLA
Week 4 – Spencer Shuey, Clemson
Week 5 – Alden Darby, Arizona State
Week 6 – Eric Kendricks, UCLA
Other notable performances by players on the Lott IMPACT Trophy Watch List were:
Anthony Barr (UCLA, LB): Had 3 tackles for loss, including 2 sacks in 34-27 win over Utah.
Steele DiVitto (Boston College, LB): Led team with 12 tackles, including a sack, in win over Army, 48-27.
Jackson Jeffcoat (Texas, DE): Had an interception, a fumble recovery, a sack and 7 tackles in win over Iowa State, 31-30.
Bradley Roby (Ohio State, DB): Blocked a punt and scored a touchdown and added 6 tackles in win over Northwestern, 40-30.
Ryan Shazier (Ohio State, LB): Had 10 tackles, one for loss and a quarterback hurry in a win over Northwestern, 40-30.
Derron Smith (Fresno State, DB): Had an interception, a sack, a quarterback hurry and 5 tackles in win over Idaho, 61-14.
Stephon Tuitt (Notre Dame, DE): Forced a fumble, had a sack and 2 quarterback hurries in win over Arizona State, 37-34.
Kyle Van Noy (BYU, LB): Had a 17-yard interception return for a touchdown, a tackle for loss, a pass break up and a quarterback hurry plus 5 tackles in win over Utah State, 31-14.