BOISE, Idaho - The Pacific Club IMPACT Foundation announced, Wednesday (Nov. 10), that Boise State safety Jeron Johnson has been recognized with elite company as one of eight semifinalists for the 2010 Lott IMPACT Trophy.
The Lott IMPACT Trophy, named in honor of Pro Football Hall of Fame member Ronnie Lott, annually goes to the college football defensive player who has the biggest IMPACT for their team on and off the field. IMPACT stands for Integrity, Maturity, Performance, Academics, Community and Tenacity.
Johnson, a senior from Compton, Calif. (Dominguez HS), has been a staple of the Bronco defense for the past three and a half seasons. He currently ranks second on the team in tackles (41) with an interception and a fumble recovery. Johnson led Boise State in tackles as a sophomore and junior, en route to garnering back-to-back second-team All-Western Athletic Conference honors.
Johnson joins three defensive backs, three defensive linemen and one linebacker in the group of semifinalists for the Lott IMPACT Trophy. Defensive lineman Sam Acho (Texas), cornerback Prince Amukumara (Nebraska), defensive back Quinton Carter (Oklahoma), defensive lineman Ryan Kerrigan (Purdue), linebacker Casey Matthews (Oregon), cornerback Patrick Peterson (LSU) and defensive end J.J. Watt (Wisconsin) complete the group of semifinalists.
Ballots will be sent to over 370 members of the Lott Trophy national voter panel, which includes Hall of Fame coaches and players, select members of the media and distinguished business leaders throughout the country.
Voting for the four finalists will take place from Nov. 12 through Nov. 24. The finalists will be flown to Newport Beach where the winner of the seventh annual Lott IMPACT Trophy will be announced at a gala black-tie banquet at the Pacific Club.