The Pacific Club IMPACT Foundation announced Notre Dame’s JD Bertrand and Brandon Joseph as two of the 42 candidates for the 2022 Lott IMPACT Trophy at a luncheon today in Newport Beach.
Alabama has three candidates this year while five other schools each have two candidates – Georgia, Notre Dame, Clemson, Iowa and Ohio State.
Manti Te’o won the Lott IMPACT Trophy in 2012 and is one of two previous Notre Dame finalists for this award (Jeremiah Owusu-Koramoah, 2020).
The Lott IMPACT Trophy is the only major college football award that considers character.
Named after former NFL Hall of Fame star Ronnie Lott, The Lott Trophy annually goes to the Defensive IMPACT Player of the Year, a player who has had the biggest impact on his team both on and off the field. IMPACT stands for Integrity, Maturity, Performance, Academics, Community and Tenacity, all characteristics exhibited by Lott during his illustrious playing career.
The annual winner is selected by a national voter panel, consisting of former winners, members of the media, coaches and members of the Board of Directors of The IMPACT Foundation.
The winner is announced at a gala black-tie event at The Pacific Club in Newport Beach, Ca. The event has been sold out the first two years. The 2022 banquet will be Dec. 11.
Notre Dame Players on 2022 Lott IMPACT Trophy Watch List:
JD BERTRAND, LB, 6-1, 230, Notre Dame, Jr., Alpharetta, Ga.: Leading tackler for Irish last season with 101; President of the Notre Dame chapter of Uplifting Athletes, a philanthropic organization that raises monies for athletes with rare diseases.
BRANDON JOSEPH, S, Notre Dame, Sr., 6-1, 192, College Station, Texas: Transfer from Northwestern; Consensus All-American; Had six interceptions as freshman; Academic All-State in high school
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