Devon Kennard Named Lott IMPACT Trophy Finalist|
Nov. 26, 2013
USC outside linebacker Devon Kennard has been named a finalist for the Lott IMPACT Trophy, the Pacific Club IMPACT Foundation announced today (Nov. 26).
Kennard becomes USC's first finalist in the 10-year history of the award, which is named after former USC All-American and NFL Hall of Fame safety Ronnie Lott.
Joining Kennard as finalists are UCLA's Anthony Barr, Wisconsin's Chris Borland and Iowa's James Morris, all linebackers.
The finalists were judged on both their performance on the field and their character off the field. IMPACT stands for Integrity, Maturity, Performance, Academics, Community and Tenacity.
Kennard, a senior 3-year starter and 2013 team captain, leads the Trojans in sacks (8) in 2013 to go along with his 48 tackles, 10 tackles for loss 4 deflections and a fumble recovery.
He was the Lott IMPACT Player of the Week in the first week of this season after making 4 tackles (with 2.5 for losses, including 1.5 sacks) and 2 deflections in USC's season-opening win at Hawaii.
He has a 3.23 GPA while getting his master's degree in communication management. He received his bachelor's degree in communication in the spring of 2012. He is a 3-time Pac-12 All-Academic second teamer (2010-11-13).
He was one of 16 Trojan football players who spent 5 days in Haiti in the spring of 2012 building homes and assisting those in need. He also was one of USC's representatives at the 2011 APPLE (Athletic Prevention Programming and Leadership Education) Conference in Austin, Tex., designed to promote student-athlete health and wellness.
His father, Derek, was an All-American offensive lineman at Nevada who then played 2 years in the USFL and 11 seasons in the NFL, including on the 1995 Cowboys' team that won the Super Bowl. His brother, Derek Jr., also played football at Nevada.
A national voter panel of more than 200 former college coaches, players, members of the media and past winners of the Lott IMPACT Trophy determined the finalists.
The winner of the award will be announced at the annual banquet Dec. 8 at the Pacific Club in Newport Beach. Pac-12 Commissioner Larry Scott will be the keynote speaker at the banquet, which will be televised live by FOX Sports at 7 p.m. Pacific.
The school of the winner will receive $25,000 for its general scholarship fund, with each of the runners-up receiving $5,000 for their universities.