BOISE, Idaho - Senior Jeron Johnson has been named to the 2010 Lott Trophy Watch List. The trophy is awarded to college football's Defensive IMPACT Player of the Year.
Johnson (Compton, Calif.) earned second-team All-WAC honors last season after leading the Broncos in tackles for the second consecutive season with 91 tackles, 54 unassisted. He was second on the team with four interceptions, and recorded 1.5 tackles for loss and six pass breakups. Johnson finished ranked sixth in the Western Athletic Conference in interceptions, eighth in passes defended and 16th for average tackles per game with 6.5. He finished the regular season with three consecutive games of double-digit tackles, recording a season-high 14 (nine unassisted) against Utah State.
Named after Hall of Famer Lott, The Lott Trophy is awarded to college football's Defensive IMPACT Player of the Year. Now in its seventh year, The Lott Trophy is the only college football award to equally recognize athletic performance and the personal character attributes of the player.
Sponsored by The Pacific Club IMPACT Foundation, the award is given to a 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, members of the Pacific Club IMPACT Foundation Board of Director and distinguished alumni of various schools around the nation.
The winner, who will be announced at the annual black-tie gala in December, receives $25,000 for his school's general scholarship fund. Three runner-ups each receive $5,000.
For further information on The Lott Trophy, please visit Lotttrophy.com.