Shaun Cody Named Semifinalist For Lott Trophy

Nov. 7, 2004

USC senior defensive lineman Shaun Cody has been named one of seven semifinalists for the inaugural Lott Trophy, a unique award in college football presented by The Pacific Club IMPACT Foundation of Newport Beach Calif.

Three finalists will be announced Nov. 29 and they will attend a gala banquet in Newport Beach on Dec. 12 when the winner will be announced.

The other semi-finalists for the first Lott Trophy are linebacker Michael Boley of Southern Mississippi, defensive end Dan Cody of Oklahoma, defensive end David Pollack of Georgia, linebacker Derrick Johnson of Texas, safety Jim Leonhard of Wisconsin and defensive end Marcus Spears of LSU.

National media, college coaches, former collegiate standouts and coaches will be among the 500 voters for the award.

Named after former NFL Hall of Famer and USC All-American Ronnie Lott, The Lott Trophy is the first college football award to equally recognize athletic performance and the personal character attributes of the player.

The Lott Trophy will go to the Defensive IMPACT Player of the Year, a player who has had the biggest impact on his team both on and off the field. IMPACT stands for Integrity, Maturity, Performance, Academics, Community and Tenacity, all characteristics exhibited by Lott during his illustrious playing career.

In addition to his prowess and leadership on the field (where he has 11 tackles for loss and a team-high 8 sacks for the No. 1-ranked Trojans), Cody has been a solid citizen off the field.

One-third of the money raised from the diner will go to the winner's university, while one-third will go the Boys & Girls Club of America and one-third to the Pat Tillman Foundation.

An honorary Lott Trophy was presented to Pat Tillman Sr. on Oct. 16 during the USC-Arizona State game at the Coliseum. Tillman, the former Arizona State star and NFL standout, volunteered to serve in the Army and was tragically killed in Afghanistan in April. He was a man who clearly exemplified the highest ideals expressed by the Lott Trophy.