Daiyan Henley Named Lott IMPACT Trophy Quarterfinalist
NEWPORT BEACH, Calif. (Oct. 25, 2022) - Washington State linebacker Daiyan Henley is one of 17 players named a quarterfinalist for the 2022 Lott IMPACT Trophy Watch List, The Pacific Club IMPACT Foundation announced Tuesday.
Named after Pro Football Hall of Fame member, Ronnie Lott, The Lott IMPACT® 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 recognize both athletic performance and the personal character attributes of the player.
Henley enters the week second in the Pac-12 Conference with 68 tackles and 11 tackles-for-loss, tied for tenth-most in the country. According to Pro Football Focus College, Henley owns the second-best pass-rush grade and second-best tackling grade among Pac-12 linebackers.
The Los Angeles native is sixth in the Pac-12 with four sacks and owns three double-digit tackle games this season including a game-highs of 11 at No. 6 USC and 13 at Oregon State. Following the win over Colorado State week three, Henley earned Bednarik Award, Reese's Senior Bowl and Pac-12 Defensive Player of the Week accolades after making 13 tackles, three sacks and two forced fumbles. Henley earned a criminal justice degree from Nevada and graduate transferred to WSU this past January after earning All-Mountain West Conference second-team honors last season.
Earlier this season, Henley was added to the Bednarik Award Watch List, presented annually to the outstanding defensive player in college football and was recently named to the Midseason All-America Team by The Associated Press. The last Cougar named to a Midseason All-America Team was kicker Blake Mazza in 2019 who earned second-team honors by The Athletic while defensive lineman Hercules Mata'afa was named to the Midseason All-America Team by the AP, ESPN.com, CBS Sports and Athlon in 2017.
The Lott IMPACT® 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 $1.6 million to various charities throughout the country. The 19th Annual Lott IMPACT® Trophy Award Presentation will be held December 11, 2022 at The Pacific Club in Newport Beach, California. For more information on The Lott Trophy visit: www.LottImpactTrophy.org