NC State's David Amerson: Courtesy Getty Images
Raleigh, N.C.--NC State junior cornerback David Amerson was named to the 2012 Lott IMPACT Trophy Watch List this week.
A total of 42 players from around the country were listed for consideration for one of the awards for top defensive player in the nation. A total of seven from the ACC were named to the list. Boston College's Luke Kuechly won the award last season.
Last season, Amerson set the ACC and NC State single-season record for interceptions with 13, a mark that ties for second in FBS history.
He was named a Walter Camp and ESPN first-team All-American, and he also won second-team honors from Sports Illustrated, the Associated Press, Yahoo, CBSSports.com, Rivals, Phil Steele. Amerson was the winner of the Jack Tatum Award, which is given to the nation's top defensive back, and one of three finalists for the Thorpe Award.
Named after Pro Football Hall of Fame member, Ronnie Lott, The Lott IMPACT Trophy is awarded to college football's Defensive IMPACT Player of the Year. Founded in 2004 by The Pacific Club IMPACT Foundation, The Lott Trophy is the first and only college football award to equally recognize athletic performance and the personal character attributes of the player.
The Lott Trophy is given to the player who exhibits the same characteristics Lott embodied during his distinguished career: Integrity, Maturity, Performance, Academics, Community and Tenacity. Voters for the award include selected members of the national media, previous finalists, the Board of Directors of the Pacific Club IMPACT Foundation and a distinguished group of former college football head coaches.
To date, the Foundation has donated more than $900,000 to various charities throughout the country. The ninth annual Lott Trophy dinner will be held Dec. 9th at The Pacific Club in Newport Beach, California. For more information on The Lott Trophy visit: www.LottTrophy.com. You can also follow college football by going to the Lott Blog at www.LottTrophy.com.
Ryan Cheek - #43
Weight: 231 lbs.
Hometown: Lancaster, Ohio
Year: RS Junior
NC State Sports Information Dept.