MADISON (WAOW) - Wisconsin junior defensive end J.J. Watt has been named to the 2010 Lott Trophy Watch List, the Pacific Club IMPACT Foundation and Ronnie Lott announced on Thursday. Watt is one of 42 candidates for the award which is given to the defensive player that best exhibits the same characteristics that Lott embodied during his playing career: integrity, maturity, performance, academics, community and tenacity.
"This is a superb list of young men," said Lott as he announced the list. "We at the Pacific Club IMPACT Foundation are always pleased to see the accomplishments of such outstanding student-athletes, all of whom are worthy of consideration for the Lott Trophy."
The winner, who will be announced at the annual black-tie gala in December, receives $25,000 for his school's general scholarship fund. Three runner-ups each receive $5,000. Past winners of the award include James Laurinaitis of Ohio State, Glenn Dorsey of LSU and David Pollack of Georgia.
In his first season on the field with Wisconsin last season, Watt was named honorable mention All-Big Ten by the media and was an Academic All-Big Ten selection. Watt finished second on the team with 15.5 tackles for loss, five pass breakups and two fumble recoveries. The Pewaukee, Wis., native also finished third on the squad with 4.5 sacks.
Courtesy: UW Press Release