FB: Eight Big Ten Players Named to Lott Trophy Watch List

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Eight Big Ten standouts have been named to the preseason watch list for the Lott IMPACT Trophy, honoring the top collegiate defensive player in the country. The Big Ten's total of eight honorees was tied for second among all conferences with the SEC, while the ACC boasted 11 players on the preseason watch list. Big Ten players on the Lott Trophy watch list are Iowa linebacker Tyler Nielsen, Michigan safety Jordan Kovacs, Michigan State defensive tackle Jerel Worthy, the Nebraska duo of defensive lineman Jared Crick and linebacker Lavonte David, Ohio State defensive tackle John Simon, Purdue linebacker Joe Holland and Wisconsin defensive back Aaron Henry. Big Ten standouts have claimed two of the last three Lott Trophies, including the Badgers' J.J. Watt last season and the Buckeyes' James Laurinaitis in 2008. IMPACT is an acronym for Integrity, Maturity, Performance, Academics, Community and Tenacity, characteristics that Ronnie Lott exhibited throughout his brilliant Hall of Fame career both in college and in the National Football League.

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