Oct. 26, 2011

COLUMBUS, Ohio – Ohio State junior defensive lineman John Simon is among 20 quarterfinalists for the annual Lott IMPACT Trophy, announced today by the Pacific Club IMPACT Foundation.

A native of Youngstown, Ohio, Simon leads the Buckeyes with 7.5 TFL and 3.0 sacks on the season. He has 26 total tackles, three pass breakups and thee passes defended. The Big Ten defensive player of the week Oct. 17, Simon also was named the Lott IMPACT player of the week and the College Football Performance Award’s national defensive lineman of the week for his performance against Illinois. In that game he recorded a career-high 8.0 tackles, including a career-high 4.0 TFL in Ohio State’s 17-7 win. The 4.0 TFL were one off the school record.

The list includes four defensive linemen, six linebackers and 10 defensive backs. There are six players from the Big Ten, four from the SEC, three from the Pac-12, three from the ACC, two from the Big-12 and one each from the Big East and an independent, Notre Dame.

2011 Lott Quarterfinalists
Emmanauel Acho (LB, Texas)
Mark Barron (S, Alabama)
John Boyett (S, Oregon)
Brodrick Brown (CB, Oklahoma State)
Quinton Coples (DL, North Carolina)
Lavonte David (LB, Nebraska)
Stephon Gilmore (CB, South Carolina)
Aaron Henry (DB, Wisconsin)
Dont’a Hightower (LB, Alabama)
Joe Holland (LB, Purdue)
Delano Howell (S, Stanford)
Jordan Kovacs (S, Michigan)
Luke Kuechly (LB, Boston College)
Chase Minnifield (CB, Virginia)
T.J. McDonald (S, USC)
Kendall Reyes (DL, Connecticut)
John Simon (DL, Ohio State)
Brandon Taylor (DB, LSU)
Manti Te’o (LB, Notre Dame)
Jerel Worthy (DL, Michigan State)

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.

Sponsored by The Pacific Club IMPACT Foundation in Newport Beach, the award is given to the player who exhibits the same characteristics Lott embodied during his distinguished career: Integrity, Maturity, Performance, Academics, Community and Tenacity.