April 14, 2011
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – Senior linebacker Brandon Jenkins earned early preseason honors when the duo was selected to the Lott IMPACT Trophy Watch List Tuesday.
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.
Bradham led the Seminoles with 98 tackles and contributed 5.5 tackles for loss and 5.0 sacks. He ranked seventh in total tackles in the ACC and 11th in the ACC in tackles per game (7.0).
Jenkins, a second team All-America selection and first team All-ACC selection, ranked second in the ACC and third in the nation in sacks (13.5). His 21.5 tackles for loss tied for fourth-most in the country.
The ACC led all conferences with 11 candidates: S Ray-Ray Armstrong, Miami; DE Quinton Coples, North Carolina; S Matt Daniels, Duke; CB Jayron Hosley, Virginia Tech; LB Luke Kuechly, Boston College; S Matt Merletti, North Carolina; CB Chase Minnifield, Virginia; LB Sean Spence, Miami and S Kenny Tate, Maryland.
This is the eighth 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.
The 2011 list of 42 (Lott’s uniform number) includes 19 defensive backs, 14 linebackers and nine defensive linemen. There are 11 players from the ACC, eight from the SEC, seven from the Pac-10, six from the Big Ten, six from the Big 12, one from the Big East, one from the Mountain West, one from the Western Athletic Conference and one from Notre Dame.
Eleven of the nominees received All-American honors a year ago and 10 were accorded academic honors in their respective conferences.
The Lott Trophy has now donated nearly $850,000 to charities since its inception in 2004, including $275,000 to 23 different universities. The winners’ school receives $25,000 annually, each of the three runner-ups $5,000 and the Lott IMPACT Player of the Week $1,000.