Courtesy of the Lott IMPACT Trophy:
Florida State defensive back Lamarcus Joyner has been named the Lott IMPACT Player of the Week. The 5-8, 190-pound senior from Ft. Lauderdale was a one-man wrecking crew against Clemson in a huge ACC showdown Saturday night.
Joyner forced two fumbles, the first leading directly to a touchdown, intercepted a pass, recorded one sack and eight total tackles in the impressive 51-14 win that kept the Seminoles undefeated at 6-0.
Myron Rolle, a Lott IMPACT Trophy finalist in 2008 after his superb career at Florida State, is a friend of Joyner's and works out with him frequently. "He's a remarkable young man," says Rolle, who was a Rhodes scholar. "He handles himself with honor and esteem. He's also a natural leader, a role he embraces. You often see him leading players in extra weight training sessions. He's great."
"While obviously undersized, Joyner doesn't shirk from contact. He welcomes it, in fact, and possesses excellent diagnosis skills, as well as the balance, agility and speed to handle coverage duties," writes Rob Rang of CBS Sports.com.
Quarter-finalists for the Lott IMPACT Trophy will be announced Oct. 23.
2013 Lott IMPACT Players of the Week
Week 1 - Devon Kennard, USC
Week 2 - Ed Reynolds, Stanford
Week 3 - Anthony Barr, UCLA
Week 4 - Spencer Shuey, Clemson
Week 5 - Alden Darby, Arizona State
Week 6 - Eric Kendricks, UCLA
Week 7 - Bryce Hager, Baylor
Week 8 - Lamarcus Joyner, Florida State
Other notable performances by players on the Lott IMPACT Trophy Watch List were:
Max Bullough (Michigan State, LB): Led Spartans with 10 tackles (2.5 for losses with one sack), forced a fumble that led to a touchdown in 14-0 shutout of Purdue.
Scott Crichton (Oregon State, DT): Had 2 tackles for loss, one sack, 4 total tackles and 2 passes broken up in 49-17 win over Cal.
Jake Fischer (Arizona, LB): Led Wildcats with 12 tackles in win over Utah, 35-24.
C.J. Mosley (Alabama, LB): Led Tide with 10 tackles, one tackle for loss, broke up 2 passes and had 2 quarterback hurries in 52-0 shutout of Arkansas.
Ryan Shazier (Ohio State, LB): Had 9 tackles in win over Iowa, 34-24.
Derron Smith (Fresno State, DB): Had 5 tackles, one sack and one pass breakup in win over UNLV, 38-14, as Bulldogs remained undefeated.
Stephon Tuitt (Notre Dame, DE): Had 2 sacks, 7 total tackles, 2 quarterback hurries, one pass defended as Irish held USC scoreless in second half of 14-10 win.