Rivers And Ellis Named Lott Trophy Quarterfinalists

Oct. 29, 2007

Linebacker Keith Rivers and defensive tackle Sedrick Ellis are among 17 players named as quarterfinalists for The 2007 Lott Trophy, presented by The Pacific Club IMPACT Foundation of Newport Beach, Calif.

In its fourth year, The Lott Trophy honors the college football Defensive IMPACT Player of the Year. The student-athlete is judged on both his on-field performance and his off-field performance. The Lott Trophy is the only sports award based on personal character and is appropriately named after the legendary defensive back, ex-USC All-American and NFL All-Pro Ronnie Lott. Previous winners were David Pollack of Georgia; DeMeco Ryans of Alabama; and Daymeion Hughes of Cal.

Semifinalists will be announced Nov. 12. Voting for the winner will be conducted by Ernst & Young with ballots being sent to college offensive and defensive coordinators, national media, The Pacific Club IMPACT Foundation Board of Directors, a Board of Advisors made up of former NFL players and coaches along with the 17 members of the Master Coaches. The four finalists will be announced Nov. 26.

The winner will be announced on Dec. 9 at a gala black-tie Awards Banquet at The Pacific Club in Newport Beach, Ca. All four finalists will be flown to Newport Beach for the banquet.

The winning student-athlete's university will receive $25,000 for the general scholarship fund from The IMPACT Foundation. Each of the schools for the three runnerups will receive $5,000 for their general scholarship fund.


Antoine Cason (Arizona defensive back): Smooth cornerback on mid-season All-America teams. Three interceptions, one punt return for a touchdown in 2007. Promotes Cason Cares wristband program at Arizona with monies to breast cancer research. Will graduate in December. Team captain.

Jordon Dizon (Colorado linebacker): Leads the nation in tackles. Mid-season All-American All-American. Academic All Big 12. Team captain.

Glenn Dorsey (LSU defensive tackle): Considered by many the best defensive lineman in the country. Mid-season All-American.

Sedrick Ellis (USC defensive tackle): Exceptionally strong player, anchors highly regarded Trojan defense. Mid-season All-American.

Nic Harris (Oklahoma defensive back): Mid-season All-American. President of campus Bridge Builders (community work)

Derrick Harvey (Florida defensive end): One of leading pass rushers in the country. Has five sacks this year.

Jonathan Hefney (Tennessee defensive back): Winner of CareActer Star Athlete of the Week. Will graduate in December. Highly regarded cover man.

Cody Kase (New Mexico linebacker): Outstanding student (Academic All-American) who has a 4.01 gpa. Never gotten B or less in college. Nominated for Draddy Trophy (academic excellence).

Nick Larkin (Boston College defensive lineman): Has graduated from BC with degree in psychology. Works in BC's Generation Pulse publicity team and Hopes for Hope volunteer.

James Laurinaitis (Ohio State linebacker): Nagurski award winner as sophomore last season, he is an academic All-American and leads the Buckeyes in tackles. Mid-season All-American. Numerous speaking engagements in and around Columbus.

J Leman (Illinois linebacker): Mid-season All-American, Big 10 leader in tackles. Two-time team captain. Graduated in three years with 3.7 GPA. Will complete Master's program in December. Raising money for local children's home.

Chris Long (Virginia defensive end): Has 8 quarterback sacks to date. Mid-season All-American. Two-time team captain. Frequent speaker at schools in Charlottesville area. Son of Hall of Famer Howie Long.

Dwight Lowery (San Jose State defensive back): Led the country in interceptions last season with nine. Has three interceptions so far this year. First All-American at San Jose State since 1971.

Ben Moffit (South Florida linebacker): Leads surprising Bulls in tackles. Married with two children, he commutes 110 miles daily so his family can live in small-town atmosphere.

Keith Rivers (USC linebacker): Trojans' leading tackler. Will graduate on time.

Wesley Woodyard (Kentucky linebacker): Among the leading tacklers in the country. Mid-season All-American. SEC academic honor roll. Named to UK Athletics Society of Character. Will graduate in 3 ½ years.

Tom Zbikowski (Notre Dame safety): Hard-hitting Irish veteran is skilled punt returner as well. A professional boxer in the off-season, he donated all $50,000 of his proceeds for his last fight to charity.

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