Meet the 2014 Lott IMPACT Trophy finalists (VIDEO)

BY foxsports • December 10, 2014

The finalists have been announced for the 11th annual Lott IMPACT Trophy, presented by Mercedes-Benz USA.

Four student-athletes were selected by the by the Pacific Club IMPACT Foundation based on the following characteristics: Integrity, Maturity, Performance, Academics, Community and Tenacity.

Here are your finalists: UCLA Bruins linebacker Eric Kendricks, Washington Huskies linebacker Hau'oli Kikaha, Alabama Crimson Tide safety Landon Collins and Duke Blue Devils linebacker David Helton.

The winner will be announced Dec. 14 at the Lott IMPACT Trophy Award Banquet, to be held at the Pacific Club in Newport Beach, Calif. The presentation will kick off at 7 p.m. PST on FOX Sports West.

Now, let's take a closer look at the finalists: 

UCLA LB Eric Kendricks

The Bruins' star linebacker broke the school record for career tackles this season, capping off a tremendous career in Westwood. Kendricks has recorded 139 tackles this season, to go with three interceptions, two sacks and a touchdown.

He's already won hardware this award season, too, winning the Butkus Award on Tuesday, given to the nation's top linebacker.

Washington LB Hau'oli Kikaha:

On top of being named a finalist for the Lott IMPACT Trophy, Washington Huskies senior linebacker Hau'oli Kikaha was recently named all-Pac-12 Conference first team. The honors are quite the accomplishment, considering Kikaha missed most of the 2011 and 2012 seasons due to major knee injuries.

In 13 games this season, Kikaha broke the school records for sacks in a season (18), tackles for loss (24), while also breaking the career-sack record (35).

Alabama SS Landon Collins:

Fresh off being named to the AP's All-SEC first team as a unanimous selection, Collins is the only non-linebacker finalist for the Lott IMPACT Trophy.

The junior strong safety leads the Crimson Tide in both tackles (91) and interceptions (3). 

Collins would become the first Alabama player to win the award since linebacker DeMeco Ryans took it home in 2005.

Duke linebacker David Helton:

Helton made his mark this season on the Blue Devils defense, being named first-team All-ACC and while leading the conference in tackles (125) for the second consecutive season. 

In 12 games this season, Helton recorded 10-plus tackles six times. 

Helton had a pretty good year off the field, too, as he was just awarded the William V. Campbell Trophy, given to the nation's top scholar.

For more on the Lott IMPACT Trophy, head over to LottIMPACTTrophy.org.


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