Ohio State’s John Simon named quarterfinalist for LOTT Impact Trophy

NEWPORT BEACH, Ca. – Ohio State’s John Simon has been named a quarter-finalist for the 2012 Lott IMPACT Trophy, it was announced today.
The Lott IMPACT Trophy is named after Hall of Famer Ronnie Lott and honors the student-athlete who has the biggest IMPACT on his team on and off the field.  IMPACT is an acronym for Integrity, Maturity, Performance, Academics, Community and Tenacity.
Semi-finalists for the award will be announced Nov. 13 and four finalists Nov. 28.  The four finalists will be invited to the Ninth Annual Lott IMPACT Trophy Awards Ceremony in Newport Beach Dec. 9. 
This year’s keynote speaker will be Dr. Condoleezza Rice.
2012 Lott IMPACT Trophy Quarter-Finalists
Johnthan Banks, CB, Mississippi State
Anthony Barr, LB, UCLA
Chris Borland, LB, Wisconsin
Arthur Brown, LB, Kansas State
Max Bullough, LB, Michigan State
Travis Johnson, DE, San Jose State
Jarvis Jones, LB, Georgia
Jake Knott, LB, Iowa State
Star Lotulelei, DT, Utah
Brandon Magee, LB, Arizona State
T.J. McDonald, S, USC
Sam Montgomery, DE, LSU
J.C. Percy, LB, Boise State
Eric Reid, S, LSU
John Simon, DT, Ohio State
Mike Taylor, LB, Wisconsin
Manti Te’o, LB, Notre Dame
Chase Thomas, LB, Stanford
Bjoern Werner, DT, Florida State
Jesse Williams, DT, Alabama
Previous Winners of the Lott IMPACT Trophy
2004 – David Pollack, Georgia
2005 – DeMeco Ryans, Alabama
2006 – Dante Hughes, Cal
2007 – Glenn Dorsey, LSU
2008 – James Laurinaitis, Ohio State
2009 – Jerry Hughes, TCU
2010 – J.J. Watt, Wisconsin
2011 – Luke Kuechly, Boston College
Named after Pro Football Hall of Fame member, Ronnie Lott, The Lott 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 equally recognize athletic performance and the personal character attributes of the player. The Lott 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 $850,000 to various charities throughout the country. The ninth annual Lott Trophy dinner will be held Dec. 9th at The Pacific Club in Newport Beach, California. For more information on The Lott Trophy visit: www.LottTrophy.com.