Nov. 9, 2011
Boston College junior Luke Kuechly has been named one of eight semifinalists for the Eighth Annual Lott IMPACT Trophy according to an announcement by the Pacific Club IMPACT Foundation on Wednesday.
Named after Hall of Famer Ronnie Lott, the Lott Trophy is awarded to college football's Defensive IMPACT Player of the Year. Now in its eighth year, the Lott Trophy is the first college football award to equally recognize athletic performance and the personal character attributes of the player.
The eight semifinalists include five linebackers - Kuechly, Emmanuel Acho (Texas), Lavonte David (Nebraska), Don't'a Hightower (Alabama) and Manti Te'o (Notre Dame) - two defensive backs -Brodrick Brown (Oklahoma State) and Chase Minnifield (Virginia) - and one defensive lineman - John Simon (Ohio State).
Kuechly has registered 150 tackles, including 80 solo stops, in 10 games this season. The 6-foot-3, 237-pound junior leads all collegiate players in both categories.
Kuechly was a unanimous All-America first-team selection as a sophomore who led the nation in tackles (183) and solo tackles (110).
Boston College (2-7, 1-5 ACC) returns to action against NC State (5-4, 2-3 ACC) on Saturday, Nov. 12 at 12:30 p.m. The game will be televised by the ACC Network. The broadcast outlets for this telecast are listed online at: http://www.theacc.com/accnetwork/schedule.html