Lott announced the 42 candidates for the award, which goes to players who have the biggest IMPACT (Integrity, Maturity, Performance, Academics, Community and Tenacity) on their respective teams, on and off the field. Named after Hall of Famer Ronnie Lott, the Lott Trophy is awarded to college football's Defensive IMPACT Player of the Year. Now in its sixth year, The Lott Trophy is the only college football award to equally recognize athletic performance and the personal character attributes of the player. Past winners include David Pollack of Georgia, DeMeco Ryans of Alabama, Daymeion Hughes of Cal, Glenn Dorsey of LSU, and James Laurinaitis of Ohio State.
Derrick Morgan (6-4, 270) was honorable mention All-ACC last season after starting all 13 games and registering 51 total tackles. A Coatesville, Pennsylvania native, Morgan had 9.5 tackles-for-loss, 7.0 sacks and 4.0 recoveries as a sophomore. He is a good student and he's even an officer in the Georgia Tech Chapter (the Lambda Delta) of Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity, Inc.
plez sez: i saw Derrick when i attended a meeting at georgia tech on sunday evening... he's looking good! he is definitely bigger and has more muscle than last year. barring an injury, he'll definitely be one of the nation's leaders in sacks and tackles for his position.
if he doesn't win the lott award this year (it's rarely given to juniors), he'll definitely be a finalist for it next year.
you can take this to the bank... you'll be seeing this brother playing on sunday afternoons in the next 2-3 years.
Read the Georgia Tech Athletics article about Morgan on Lott Award Watch List.
Read the AJC.com article about how Derrick Morgan shined in Tech's first scrimmage of the spring.