Seven Big Ten student-athletes were named to the watch list for the Lott IMPACT Trophy, honoring college football's defensive IMPACT player of the year with equal weight given to athletic performance and personal character. Big Ten standouts appearing on the watch list are Maryland linebacker Cole Farrand, Michigan State defensive end Shilique Calhoun, Nebraska safety Corey Cooper and defensive end Randy Gregory, Northwestern linebacker Collin Ellis, Ohio State defensive tackle Michael Bennett and Penn State linebacker Ben Kline. Calhoun is the reigning Big Ten Smith-Brown Defensive Lineman of the Year and was joined on the All-Big Ten first team by the Gregory. Bennett was a second-team selection, while Farrand and Cooper were honorable mention honorees. Two Big Ten standouts have earned the Lott Trophy in Ohio State linebacker James Laurinaitis in 2008 and Wisconsin defensive end J.J. Watt in 2010.