Lott IMPACT Trophy adds five newcomers to watchlist

Three weeks into the 2015 college football season, the Ronnie Lott Defensive IMPACT Player award added five new players to the 2015 watchlist.

Here are the five new players that are on the Lott IMPACT Trophy’s radar.

DL Myles Garrett, Texas A&M

A graduate of James Martin High (TX), defensive lineman Myles Garrett has begun to place himself on the radar in 2015 after breaking an SEC freshman record last year in sacks (11.5), which was previously owned by Jadeveon Clowney.

Entering week four, Garrett has an FBS-leading six sacks (3.5 vs. Nevada), 16 tackles (8 vs. Arizona State) and 6.5 tackles for a loss heading into a match-up with Arkansas at AT&T Stadium.

LB Riley Bullough, Michigan State

vs. Oregon (9/12): 14 tackles, 3 sacks
2015 Season Totals: 39 T, 3.5 TFL, 3 sacks

DB Deon Bush, Miami

Named to the American Football Coaches Association Good Works roster, who will be captained by Stonehill College defensive lineman Nick Chiocco.

2015 Season Totals: 11 T, INT, fumble recovery

LB Jordan Jenkins, Georgia

Already picking up where things left off after being named Georgia’s most improved player in 2014, Jenkins is on pace to have his best season from a statistical standpoint.

By week three of last year, Jenkins recorded 16 tackles and one sack, but nearing week four kickoff in 2015, and the 6-foot-3, 2253-pound linebacker has reached 22 tackles, 3 sacks and 6.5 tackles for loss.

LB Tyler Matakevich, Temple

Listed as team captain for this season, whose name also appears on the the Senior Class Award list, which recognizes off-the-field contributions to the community, in the classroom and overall character.

2013: 137 T (106 solo), 11.5 TFL, INT
2015 Season Totals: 29 T, 3 sacks, 2 INTs

An award named after USC Trojan cornerback-turned-safety Ronnie Lott, the 6-foot, 203-pound member of the 2000 Hall of Fame Class (1986 – 10 INT) set a bold tone in the late 1970’s in which he participated in two Rose Bowls and compiled eight interceptions over a span of eleven games in 1980.

Preseason Favorites for the 2015 Lott Trophy

LB Kevin Anderson, Stanford

DB Dante Barnett, Kansas State

LB Joe Bolden Michigan

DB Briean Boddy-Calhoun, Minnesota

DL Joey Bosa, Ohio State

LB Kelby Brown, Duke

DL DeForest Buckner, Oregon

S Michael Caputo, Wisconsin

DE Shilque Calhoun, Michigan State

S Jeremy Cash, Duke

S Su’a Cravens, USC

LB Leonard Floyd, Georgia

CB Kendall Fuller, Virginia Tech

DB Nate Gerry, Nebraska

DL Adam Gotsis, Georgia Tech

LB Deon Hollins, UCLA

DB Dylan Haines, Texas

CB Vernon Hargreaves, Florida

DB Ryan Janvion, Wake Forest

DB Jonathan Jones, Auburn

S Karl Joseph, West Virginia

LB Bronson Kaufusi, BYU

S Derrick Kindred, TCU

DB Jordan Lomax, Iowa

DL Dean Lowry, Northwestern

LB Blake Martinez, Stanford

LB Viliami Moeakiola, Arizona State

LB Calvin Munson, San Diego State

DT Robert Nkemdiche, Ole Miss

LB Jared Norris, Utah

DE Shawn Oakman, Baylor

DE Emmanuel Ogbah, Oklahoma State

LB Joshua Perry, Ohio State

LB Reggie Ragland, Alabama

DB Jalen Ramsey, Florida State

DE Sheldon Rankins, Louisville

LB Jaylon Smith, Notre Dame

DB Weston Steelhammer, Air Force

LB Eric Striker, Oklahoma

LB Jeremy Timpf, Army

LB Scooby Wright III, Arizona

DT Anthony Zettel, Penn State

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