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Oct. 26, 2005

NEWPORT BEACH, Ca. – Ohio State Linebacker A.J. Hawk has been named a quarter-finalist for the 2nd annual Lott Trophy, presented by The IMPACT Foundation of The Pacific Club in Newport Beach, Ca.

Hawk is a 6-1, 238-pound senior linebacker who is a returning All-American and averages 10.7 tackles per game.

Five of the quarter-finalists are on undefeated teams — Defensive End Darryl Tapp of Virginia Tech, Safety Darnell Bing of USC, Defensive End Quentin Moses of Georgia, Linebacker Spencer Havner of UCLA and Linebacker DeMeco Ryans of Alabama.

The other quarter-finalists are linebackers Chad Greenway and Abdul Hodge of Iowa, Brandon Hoyte of Notre Dame, D’Qwell Jackson of Maryland and Moses Osemwegie of Vanderbilt. Safety Darrell Brooks of Arizona and Cornerback Antoine Huffman of Kentucky are also on the list as are Defensive End Elvis Dumervil of Louisville and Defensive Tackle Brennan Schmidt of Virginia.

In its second year, The Lott Trophy honors the college football Defensive IMPACT Player of the Year. The student-athlete is judged on both his on-field performance and his off-field performance. The Lott Trophy is the first sports award based on personal character and is appropriately named after the legendary defensive back, Ronnie Lott. Last year’s winner was David Pollack, the All-American defensive end from Georgia.

Semi-finalists will be announced Nov. 11. Voting for the winner will be conducted by Ernst & Young with ballots being sent to college offensive and defensive coordinators, national media, The Pacific Club IMPACT Foundation Board of Directors, a Board of Advisors made up of former NFL players and coaches along with the three finalists from last year – Pollack, Derrick Johnson of Texas and Jim Leonhard of Wisconsin.

The winner will be announced on Dec. 11th at a gala black-tie Awards Banquet at The Pacific Club in Newport Beach.

Here’s a quick look at the other 14 quarter-finalists:
Bing is a 6-2, 220-pound junior safety, who has made numerous big plays during USC’s current 28-game winning streak and wears retired jersey No. 20 (formerly worn by Heisman Trophy winner and Athletic Director Mike Garret). Brooks is a 6-1, 210-pound senior safety who leads Arizona in tackles with 56 and has already received his undergraduate degree in psychology and is working toward a master’s degree in public administration. Brooks is part of the Pac 10 Leadership Council and President of his Student Athlete Advisory Board.

Dumervil is a 6-0, 256-pound senior defensive end who leads the nation in both quarterbacks sacks with 19 and forced fumbles with seven and has been named Big East Defensive Player of the Week three times.

Greenway is a 6-4, 244-pound senior linebacker who is a returning All-American, leads the nation in total tackles with 109 and serves on the Hawkeye Leadership Council.

Havner is a 6-4, 245-pound senior linebacker who has 10 career interceptions and averages nearly 9 tackles per game, best on the Bruin team. UCLA is 7-0 and ranked No. 6 in the nation.

Hodge is a 6-2, 234-pound senior linebacker who has 100 tackles, second most in the country, and also serves on the school Leadership Council.

Hoyte is a 5-11, 231-pound senior linebacker who is the captain of the Notre Dame team, leads the Irish in tackles (8 per game) and has been named to the academic all-district team twice. He is an honor student with a 3.35 GPA.

Huffman is a 6-0, 175-pound senior cornerback who leads the Wildcats in passes broken up. Huffman, with a 3.46 GPA, is a three time SEC Academic Honor Roll student. He won the 2004 Community Service Award and has already received his undergraduate degree in telecommunications.

Jackson is a 6-1, 231-pound senior linebacker who averages 13.83 tackles per game, the most in the country, and mentors elementary school children.

Moses is a 6-5, 248-pound junior defensive end who replaced All-American and first Lott Trophy winner David Pollack in the Bulldog lineup. He leads the unbeaten Bulldogs with seven sacks and has been on the SEC Academic honor roll.

Osemwegie is a 6-0, 230-pound senior linebacker, who averages 10.5 tackles per game has the spirit of Ronnie Lott, both on and off the field, according to his head football coach.

Ryans is a 6-2, 232-pound senior linebacker who is a three-time All-Academic SEC performer, graduating cum laude in December. He is the top tackler for The 7-0 Tide with 52, including 9 tackles for losses and already has 283 career tackles.

Schmidt is a 6-3, 269-pound senior defensive end who has been elected team captain the past two years, is an honor student with a 3.49 GPA and has started 46 consecutive games since his freshman season.

Tapp is a 6-1, 268-pound senior defensive end who anchors a defense that is No. 1 in the nation in scoring and No. 2 in yards allowed and has been given the President’s Award for Leadership.