May 8, 2012
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – Two of Florida State’s top defensive players in senior defensive end Brandon Jenkins and junior defensive end Bjoern Werner earned early preseason honors when the duo was selected to the Lott IMPACT Trophy Watch List.
Designed to honor the top collegiate defensive player in the country, the watch list was announced at a luncheon hosted by Ronnie Lott and the Pacific Club IMPACT Foundation.
Jenkins and Werner combined for 23 tackles for loss and 15 sacks in helping Florida State rank first nationally in yards allowed per rush (2.3), second nationally in overall rushing defense (82.7 yards per game), fourth nationally in total defense (275.0 yards per game) and scoring defense (15.1 points per game).
Jenkins, one of the nation’s elite pass rushers, was named to the Lott Trophy Watch List for the second straight season. He earned second team All-ACC honors in 2011 after leading the Seminole defensive lineman in tackles (41) and solo stops (29). He led FSU in sacks (8) and tackles for loss (12) for the second straight season. His eight sacks ranked second in the ACC. His 36.5 career tackles for loss rank eighth in FSU history and his 21.5 quarterback sacks ties for eighth on the school’s all-time list.
Werner earned All-ACC honorable mention honors in 2011 after racking up 37 tackles, 25 solo stops, 11 tackles for loss and seven sacks. From his defensive end position, he ranked second on the team in pass breakups (8) and passed defended (9), the most by a defensive lineman in the country. He earned CoSIDA Academic All-District honors
This is the ninth year that the IMPACT Foundation has recognized the student-athletes throughout the nation who have had the biggest IMPACT on their teams both on and off the field. IMPACT is an acronym for Integrity, Maturity, Performance, Academics, Community and Tenacity, characteristics that Ronnie Lott exhibited throughout his brilliant Hall of Fame career at both USC and in the National Football League.
A total of 42 players from 37 schools and six conferences were represented on the initial watch list. The Big Ten paced all conferences with nine players on the list, followed by the Pac-12 with eight, the ACC and Big 12 with seven, the SEC with five and the Mountain West with two. Four players from independent programs are also among the first round of honorees.
A total of five schools were represented by two players each on the list — Florida State, Iowa State, LSU, Texas and Wisconsin. Of the 42 players, 28 are seniors and 12 are juniors.
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, 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 the Legends Coaches, which is a distinguished group of former college football head coaches.