NEWPORT BEACH, Calif. - LSU junior cornerback Patrick Peterson is one of eight semifinalists for the 2010 Lott IMPACT Trophy, the Pacific Lott IMPACT Foundation has announced.
The Lott IMPACT Trophy, named in honor of Pro Football Hall of Fame member Ronnie Lott, annually goes to the college football defensive player who has the biggest IMPACT for their team on and off the field. IMPACT stands for Integrity, Maturity, Performance, Academics, Community and Tenacity.
Peterson, a native of Pompano Beach, Fla., has been spectacular in his three seasons at LSU. Peterson has 28 tackles, two interceptions and three pass breakups to his credit this year. He also ranks second in the SEC in both punt returns and kickoff returns.
Peterson seeks to become LSU's second Lott IMPACT Trophy winner, joining All-American defensive tackle Glenn Dorsey who claimed the award in 2007. Peterson is also a semifinalist for the Thorpe Award and the Bednarik Award.
Peterson joins seven others in the group of semifinalists for the Lott IMPACT Trophy. Defensive lineman Sam Acho (Texas), cornerback Prince Amukumara (Nebraska), defensive back Quinton Carter (Oklahoma), defensive lineman Ryan Kerrigan (Purdue), linebacker Casey Matthews (Oregon), safety Jeron Johnson (Boise State) and defensive end J.J. Watt (Wisconsin) complete the group of semifinalists.
Ballots will be sent to over 370 members of the Lott Trophy national voter panel, which includes Hall of Fame coaches and players, select members of the media and distinguished business leaders throughout the country.
Voting for the four finalists starts today and runs through Nov. 24. The finalists will be flown to Newport Beach where the winner of the seventh annual Lott IMPACT Trophy will be announced at a gala black-tie banquet at the Pacific Club on Dec. 12.