For the second straight season, Ohio State defensive lineman John Simon has been named a semifinalist for the Lott IMPACT Trophy, which recognizes college football's top defensive players 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. Two Big Ten standouts have claimed the Lott IMPACT Trophy since it was first presented in 2004 - Ohio State's James Laurinaitis in 2008 and Wisconsin's J.J. Watt in 2010.
A National Voter Panel of more than 300 former coaches, players, members of the media, members of the Lott IMPACT Foundation Board of Directors and former Lott Trophy winners will select the winner. The Lott IMPACT Foundation awards $25,000 to the general scholarship fund of the winner's university and $5,000 to each of the three runnerups. In its first eight years, the Lott IMPACT Foundation has donated nearly $900,000 to various charities throughout the United States.