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Nick Emmanwori Named to 2024 Lott IMPACT Trophy Watch List
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Nick Emmanwori Named to 2024 Lott IMPACT Trophy Watch List

University of South Carolina junior safety Nick Emmanwori is one of 42 candidates for the 2024 Lott IMPACT Trophy, the Pacific Club IMPACT Foundation announced today.

Emmanwori, a 6-3, 218-pounder from Irmo, S.C., has appeared in 24 games with 23 starts over the past two seasons. A Freshman All-American in 2022 and a member of the SEC Academic Honor Roll, Emmanwori has been credited with 156 career tackles and two interceptions along with nine pass breakups.

The 42-man Lott IMPACT Trophy Watch List is comprised of 18 defensive backs, 13 defensive linemen and 11 linebackers. There are 13 players from SEC schools, the most of any conference, followed by the Big Ten with 12, while the ACC and Big 12 each have seven players on the watch list, to go with three from independents.

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.

Ronnie Lott addressed those in attendance, while Southern Cal defensive coordinator D’Anton Lynn was the keynote speaker at the luncheon. Lynn was joined by Bruce Feldman of Fox Sports.

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 will be announced at a gala, black-tie event at The Pacific Club in Newport Beach, CA on December 8.