Myles Garrett, Desmond King top Lott IMPACT Trophy watch list

The college football season is still a few months away and we are almost seven months away from crowning any individual award winner. On Thursday, the Lott IMPACT Trophy watch list was released and it features 42 top defensive players like Texas A&M’s Myles Garrett and Iowa’s Desmond King.

The trophy is awarded to the college defensive player that displays all the characteristics of former USC safety Ronnie Lott. It focuses not only on the player’s performance on the field, but their place in the classroom and the community.

Last year’s winner, former Penn State defensive end Carl Nassib, was on the initial watch list, so it is usually a pretty big deal to have your name pop up. Alabama is the only school with three players on the list with safety Eddie Jackson, defensive tackle Jonathan Allen, and linebacker Tim Williams.

The Big Ten landed the most players on the list with ten, including top defensive back Desmond King, while the SEC had eight and the ACC had seven. Harvard represented as the lone FCS school with safety Sean Ahren.

Here is the full list of players on this year’s list:

Jamal Adams, S, LSU
Sean Ahern, S, Harvard
Joey Alfieri, LB, Stanford
Jonathan Allen, DL, Alabama
Dante Barnett, S, Kansas State
Derek Barnett, DE, Tennessee
Evan Berry, CB, Tennessee
Quin Blanding, S, Virginia
Ben Boulware, LB, Clemson
Riley Bullough, LB, Michigan State
Jason Cabinda, LB, Penn State
Josh Carraway, DE, TCU
Jack Cichy, LB, Wisconsin
Myles Garrett, DE, Texas A&M
Dylan Haines, S, Texas
Charles Harris, DL, Missouri
Adoree’ Jackson, CB, USC
Eddie Jackson, S, Alabama
Derwin James, S, Florida State
Joshua Kalu, CB, Nebraska
Andrew King, LB, Army
Desmond King, S, Iowa
Micah Kiser, LB, Virginia
Jourdan Lewis CB, Michigan
William Likely, CB, Maryland
Dallas Lloyd, S, Stanford
Cameron Malveaux, DE, Houston
James McFarland, DE, TCU
Raekwon McMillan, LB, Ohio State
Viliami Moeakiola, LB, Arizona State
Calvin Munson, LB, San Diego State
Jabrill Peppers, S, Michigan
Cameron Smith, LB, USC
Arrion Springs, DB, Oregon
Weston Steelhammer, S, Air Force
M.J. Stewart, CB, North Carolina
Jordan Thomas, CB, Oklahoma
Drue Tranquill, S, Notre Dame
Anthony Walker, LB, Northwestern
Jordan Whitehead, DB, Pitt
Tim Williams, LB, Alabama
A.J. Wolf, DL, Duke

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