Michael Griffin named Lott Trophy semifinalist
NEWPORT BEACH, Calif. -- UT senior S Michael Griffin has been named a semifinalist for the 2006 Lott Trophy, honoring the nation's top IMPACT player on defense, the Pacific Club IMPACT Foundation has announced.
Griffin becomes the second Longhorn semifinalist in the award's three-year history, following LB Derrick Johnson, who was a finalist in 2004.
Through 10 games in 2006, Griffin leads the team with 91 tackles to go along with four TFL, six PBU, three INTs, three forced fumbles, two fumble recoveries and a blocked punt. For his career, he has 329 tackles, three sacks, 15 TFL, seven INTs, 19 PBU, eight forced fumbles, seven fumble recoveries and seven blocked punts (t-No. 2 all-time NCAA/No. 1 on UT's career list) in 47 career games (25 starts).
Linebackers Buster Davis of Florida State, Patrick Willis of Mississippi, Paul Posluszny of Penn, cornerback Daymeion Hughes of Cal, defensive end Mkistro Bruce of Washington State and defensive tackle Quinn Pitcock of Ohio State State join Griffin on the list.
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 third year, The Lott Trophy is the first and only college football award to equally recognize athletic performance and the personal character attributes of the player.
"These seven players represent the best of college football, as athletes, teammates, leaders and students," said Lott. "Each has impressed us with his commitment, his work ethic and his contributions to his team."
Sponsored by The Pacific Club IMPACT Foundation, the Lott Award is given to a player who exhibits the same characteristics Lott embodied during his distinguished career: Integrity, Maturity, Performance, Academics, Community and Tenacity.
David Pollack of Georgia and DeMeco Ryans of Alabama were the winners of the first two Lott Trophies. Both Georgia and Alabama received $25,000 for their general scholarship funds. In two years, the Pacific Club IMPACT Foundation has donated $170,000 to various charities, in addition to the two universities.
Voters for the award include selected members of the national media, previous finalists, the Board of Directors of the Pacific Club IMPACT Foundation and Master Coaches, a distinguished group of former head college coaches.
Lott will announce the three finalists on Nov. 25 with the winner being recognized at a gala black-tie banquet at The Pacific Club in Newport Beach on Dec. 10. The keynote speaker at this year's event will be Pro Football Hall of Famer and long-time Monday Night Football announcer Frank Gifford.