NEWPORT BEACH, Calif. - Alabama's Juwan Simpson is one of the 42 top defensive players in the nation who have been named to the 2006 Lott Trophy Watch List, it was announced today.
Named after Hall of Famer Ronnie Lott, The Lott Trophy is awarded to college football's Defensive IMPACT Player of the Year. Now in its third year, The Lott Trophy is the first college football award to equally recognize athletic performance and the personal character attributes of the player.
Simpson had 64 tackles and two interceptions last season for The Tide.
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.
David Pollack of Georgia and DeMeco Ryans of Alabama were the winners of the first two Lott Trophies. Both Georgia and Alabama received $25,000 for their general scholarship funds. In two years, the Pacific Club IMPACT Foundation has donated $170,000 to various charities, in addition to the two universities.
Voters for the award include selected members of the national media, previous finalists, the Board of Directors of the Pacific Club IMPACT Foundation and Master Coaches, a distinguished group of former head college coaches.
The winner will be announced at a gala black-tie banquet at The Pacific Club Dec. 10.
2006 Lott Trophy Watch List
Rufus Alexander, Sr., LB, Oklahoma, 6-1, 231
Dwayne Andrews, Sr., LB, Fresno State, 6-0, 240
Patrick Bailey, Sr., LB, Duke, 6-4, 230
Daniel Bazuin, Sr., DE, Central Michigan, 6-3, 257
Tommy Blake, Sr., DE, TCU, 6-3, 250
H.B. Blades, Sr., LB, Pitt, 6-0, 240
Mkistro Bruce, Sr., DL, Washington State, 6-6, 255
Rob Caldwell, Sr., LB, Navy, 6-0, 222
Caleb Campbell, Jr., DB, Army, 6-2, 223
Adam Carriker, Sr., DL, Nebraska, 6-6, 280
Tim Crowder, Sr., DE, Texas, 6-4, 270
Joe Garcia, Sr., DB, Nevada, 6-0, 182
Michael Griffin, Sr., S, Texas, 6-0, 205
Korey Hall, Sr., LB, Boise State, 6-1, 228
Leon Hall, CB, Sr., Michigan, 5-11, 194
Vince Hall, Jr., LB, Virginia Tech, 6-0, 236
Marcus Hamilton, Sr., CB, Virginia, 5-11, 187
Justin Harrell, DT, Tennessee, 6-4, 306
Nate Harris, Sr., LB, Louisville, 6-1, 232
Jay Henry, Sr., LB, West Virginia, 6-2, 225
Will Herring, Sr., LB, Auburn, 6-3, 220
Daymeion Hughes, Sr., CB, Cal, 6-2, 185
Kenny Iwebema, Sr., DE, Iowa, 6-4, 255
Lawrence Jackson, DE, USC, 6-5, 265
Kyle Kinsell, DE, Davidson, 6-0, 235
LaRon Landry, Sr. S, LSU, 6-2, 204
Larry McSwain, Sr., DL, UAB, 6-3, 255
Brandon Meriweather, Sr, S, Miami, 6-0, 188
Will Meyers, Sr. DB, Indiana, 5-11, 201
Quentin Moses, Sr., DE, Georgia, 6-5, 255
Matt Muncy, Sr., LB, Ohio, 6-2, 234
Jesse Nading, Jr., DE, Colorado State, 6-5, 252
Eli Nichols, Sr., DL, Duke, 6-4, 260
Sam Olajubutu, Sr., LB, Arkansas, 5-9, 227
Paul Posluszny, Sr., LB, 6-2, 230, Penn State
Roderick Rogers, Sr., DB, Wisconsin, 6-2, 181
Brandon Siler, Jr., LB, Florida, 6-2, 239
Juwan Simpson, Sr., LB, Alabama, 6-3, 222
Justin Warren, Sr., LB, Texas A&M, 6-3, 237
Eric Weddle, Sr., S, Utah, 6-0, 200
Patrick Willis, Sr., LB, Mississippi, 6-2, 240
Tom Zbikowski, Sr, S, Notre Dame, 6-0, 208