Devon Kennard Named Lott IMPACT Trophy Semifinalist|
Nov. 13, 2013
USC senior outside linebacker Devon Kennard has been named one of nine semifinalists for the Lott IMPACT Trophy, award sponsor The Pacific Club IMPACT Foundation announced today (Nov. 13).
The Lott IMPACT Trophy goes to the nation's top defensive impact player and is named after former USC All-American and NFL All-Pro safety Ronnie Lott. Four finalists will be announced Nov. 27 and the winner will be named at the 10th annual Lott IMPACT Trophy Banquet Dec. 8 at the Pacific Club in Newport Beach.
Joining Kennard as semifinalist are UCLA linebacker Anthony Barr, Wisconsin linebacker Chris Borland, Pittsburgh defensive lineman Aaron Donald, Iowa linebacker James Morris, Alabama linebacker C.J. Mosley, Stanford safety Ed Reynolds, Ohio State linebacker Ryan Shazier and BYU linebacker Kyle Van Noy.
Kennard has 47 tackles in 2013, including 10 for losses (with a team-high 8 sacks), plus 4 deflections and a fumble recovery. He is 20th nationally in sacks (0.8).
He has notched 182 tackles while making 28 starts in his career while also playing as an end and linebacker earlier in his time at USC.
He received his bachelor,s degree in communication at USC in the spring of 2012 and is working on a master,s degree in communication management. He has a B average (3.23 GPA). He made the 2011 Pac-12 All-Academic second team and 2010 Pac-10 All-Academic second team.
He and 15 of his USC teammates spent 5 days in Haiti in the spring of 2012 building homes and assisting those in need. He was selected to be one of USC,s representatives at the 2011 APPLE (Athletic Prevention Programming and Leadership Education) Conference in Austin, Tex., designed to promote student-athlete health and wellness.
The Lott IMPACT Trophy, which has now donated more than $1 million to charities, including universities throughout the country, is the only college football award where character counts. IMPACT is an acronym for Integrity, Maturity, Performance, Academics, Community and Tenacity.
The school of the winner will receive $25,000 for its general scholarship fund with each of the runnerups receiving $5,000 for their universities.
Pac-12 Commissioner Larry Scott will be the keynote speaker at the banquet, which will be televised live by FOX Sports at 7 p.m. Pacific time.