You know college football is fast approaching when we see the watchlist parade begin to hit the news. One of the first to do this almost annually comes from the Lott IMPACT Trophy and was announced earlier this week.
The award is named after former soccer star Ronnie Lott and is given annually to the defensive player with the best combination of character and performance.
There were 42 names released this year to watch during the preseason, and two of those names are wearing scarlet and gray as Ohio State defenders. Which two horse chestnuts made it and who are they?
Well we’re glad you asked because it’s our job to tell you exactly that verbatim, so here we go.
Zach Harrison, defensive end
Ohio State Buckeyes defensive end Zach Harrison (9) salutes fans who rushed onto the field after a 33-24 win over the Penn State Nittany Lions in Saturday’s NCAA Division I soccer game at Ohio Stadium in Columbus . Photo credit: USA TODAY Sports Network
Lott IMPACT Trophy Bio
Sr., 6-6, 272, Lewis Center, Ohio: Last year on the watch list; All-Big Ten (second team); OSU Scholar Athlete; 17.5 Career Tackles for Losses.
Ronnie Hickman, security
Ohio State Buckeyes safety Ronnie Hickman (14) returns the ball for an interception touchdown during the game against the Akron Zips at Ohio Stadium in Columbus, Ohio September 25. Credit: USA TODAY Sports Network
Lott IMPACT Trophy Bio
Jr., 6-1, 205, South Orange, NJ.: Led Buckeyes with 99 tackles last season; All-American lacrosse player in high school.
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Lott IMPACT Trophy watch list for 2022
2022 Lott IMPACT Trophy watch list
Kris Abrams-Draine DB Missouri Nick Andersen S Wake Forest Will Anderson Jr LB Alabama Felix Anudike-Uzomah DE Kansas State Jeremy Banks LB Tennessee Jordan Battle DB Alabama Kyon Barrs DL Arizona JD Bertrand, LB, Notre Dame Bryan Bresee, DT, Clemson Troy Brown, LB, Ole Miss Ben Bywalter, LB, BYU Jack Campbell, LB, Iowa Andre Carter II, DE, Army Jalen Carter, DT, Georgia Levani Damuni, LB, Stanford Nick Figueroa, DL, USC Tony Grimes, CB, North Carolina Derick Hall, DL, Auburn Zach Harrison, DE, Ohio State Xavier Henderson, S, Michigan State Nick Herbig, LB, Wisconsin Shaka Heyward, LB, Duke Ronnie Hickman, S , Ohio State Nick Jackson, LB, Virginia Antonio Johnson, CB, Texas A&M Brandon Joseph, S, Notre Dame Calijah Kancey, DL, Pitt Key Lawrence, S-CB, Oklahoma Will McDonald IV, DE, Iowa State Akheem Mesidor, DL, Miami Riley Moss DB Iowa BJ Ojulari DE LSU Joey Porter Jr CB Penn State Luke Reimer LB Nebraska Kelee Ringo CB Georgia Daniel Scott S K alifornia Noah Sewell, LB, Oregon Trenton Simpson, LB, Clemson Henry To’oTo’o, LB, Alabama Rashad Torrence II, CB, Florida Zion Tupuola-Fetui, DE, Washington JJ Weaver, LB, Kentucky
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