Zack Follett on Lott Trophy Watch List
April 2, 2007
BERKELEY - Junior linebacker Zack Follett of the California football team was one of the 42 top defensive players in the nation to be named to the Lott Trophy watch list for the upcoming 2007 season on Monday.
Sponsored by The Pacific Club IMPACT Foundation, The Lott Trophy is given to a player who exhibits the same characteristics Lott embodied during his distinguished career: Integrity, Maturity, Performance, Academics, Community and Tenacity. The honor is the first and only college football award to equally recognize athletic performance and the personal character attributes of the player.
In his two seasons in Berkeley, Follett (Fresno) has developed into a big play standout for the Golden Bears. The only non-starter in the Pac-10 to earn all-conference honors as a sophomore, he recorded 62 tackles with a team-best 12.5 tackles for loss and was tied for the team-lead with 5.5 sacks. Follett also led the Pac-10 with four forced fumbles. He was a first-team Freshman All-American in 2004.
Follett is the second Golden Bear to be named to a preseason award watch list. Junior offensive lineman Alex Mack was selected to the preliminary watch list for the Rotary Lombardi Award, which honors college football's best lineman.
Last season former Cal cornerback Daymeion Hughes was the recipient of the Lott Trophy. Hughes, the 2006 Pac-10 Defensive Player of the Year, earned the prestigious national honor after ranking third in the nation with eight interceptions and fifth in the country with 19 passes defended.
As part of the award, Cal received $25,000 for its general scholarship fund. In three years, the Pacific Club IMPACT Foundation has donated nearly $170,000 to various charities, in addition to the universities of the winning players.Voters for the award include selected members of the national media, previous Lott Trophy finalists, the Board of Directors and Board of Advisors of the Pacific Club IMPACT Foundation and Master Coaches, a distinguished group of former head college coaches.
The winner will be announced at a gala black-tie banquet at The Pacific Club in Newport Beach, Ca. on December 9th, 2007. Last year's banquet featured such luminaries as Lott himself, Bill Walsh and Frank Gifford, as well as a special appearance by comedian Will Ferrell.
The Bears open the 2007 season on Sept. 1, hosting Tennessee in a rematch of last year's season-opener. Other games on the Cal home slate include USC, Arizona, Oregon State, Washington State and Louisiana Tech.
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