BOISE, Idaho –
Boise State defensive tackle Billy Winn was named to the 2011 Lott IMPACT Trophy Watch List Tuesday, an award that honors the top collegiate defensive player in the country.
Winn, a rising redshirt senior from Las Vegas, Nev., has been named second-team All-Western Athletic Conference each of the last two seasons. His 9.5 tackles-for-loss in 2010 ranked third on the team, and his 12.5 TFLs in 2009 were the second-most for the Broncos. Winn has also combined for 10 sacks the past two seasons.
Winn is one of 42 student-athletes on the watch list, and one of nine defensive linemen. He is the only student-athlete currently in the Western Athletic Conference, and one of just two that will play in the Mountain West Conference in 2011 (Tank Carder, TCU).
A national voter panel, made up of more than 200 former collegiate stars, former college coaches, members of the media and both the Lott IMPACT Board of Directors and Board of Advisors, will select the four finalists who will be honored at the annual Lott IMPACT Trophy banquet Dec. 11, in Newport Beach, Calif.
This is the eighth year that the IMPACT Foundation has recognized student-athletes throughout the nation 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.
The Lott Trophy has now donated nearly $850,000 to charities since its inception in 2004, including $275,000 to 23 different universities. The winners’ school receives $25,000 annually, each of the three runner-ups $5,000 and the Lott IMPACT Player of the Week $1,000.
Past winners of the Lott Trophy include David Pollack (Georgia, 2004), DeMeco Ryans (Alabama, 2005), Dante Hughes (California, 2006), Glenn Dorsey (LSU, 2007), James Laurinaitis (Ohio State, 2008), Jerry Hughes (TCU, 2009) and J.J. Wyatt (Wisconsin, 2010). --broncosports.com--