MADISON (WAOW) – For the second week in a row, J.J. Watt has been honored as the Lott IMPACT Player of the Week, it was announced on Tuesday.
He continued his stellar play against tough competition, recording one sack and two tackles for loss, part of a five-tackle day against the 12th-ranked Hawkeyes. In addition, he blocked an extra point in the first quarter, which proved to be the difference in the game.
Watt's lone sack of the game came at a crucial time as he brought down Ricky Stanzi for an 11-yard loss with just 26 seconds left in the game. The play not only forced Iowa to take a timeout, but it also moved the line of scrimmage from the Iowa 49-yard line to the Iowa 38-yard line.
Former Ohio State Coach John Cooper of the Legends Coaches who vote on the weekly award said, "This is two weeks now that this Watt fellow has played lights out. He blocks an extra point and later sacks the quarterback to drive Iowa out of field goal range at the end and Wisconsin wins by a single point. That's performing under pressure."
It was last week that Watt had four tackles, three of which went for a loss, two sacks and one quarterback hurry as the Badgers knocked off No. 1 Ohio State.
Going up against the No. 1 and No. 12 teams in the country in the last two weeks, Watt has put up nine tackles, 3.0 sacks, 5.0 TFLs, one quarterback hurry and one blocked kick. This is the second IMPACT Player of the Week honor for Watt in his career.
Watt is second in the Big Ten and tied for seventh in the nation with 13.5 TFLs on the season, while his five sacks are good for third in the Big Ten.
At Wisconsin, Watt leads the team in sacks, TFLs, quarterback hurries and blocked kicks and is tied for the team lead in forced fumbles and pass breakups. He sits third on the team in tackles.
Wisconsin will receive $1,000 for its general scholarship fund in recognition of Watt's achievement.
Named after Hall of Famer Ronnie Lott, the Lott is awarded to college football's Defensive IMPACT Player of the Year. Now in its seventh year, the Lott is the first college football award to equally recognize athletic performance and the personal character attributes of the player.
Sponsored by The Pacific Club IMPACT Foundation in Newport Beach, the award is given to the player who exhibits the same characteristics Lott embodied during his distinguished career: Integrity, Maturity, Performance, Academics, Community and Tenacity.
Courtesy: UW Press Release