Isaiah Simmons named Lott IMPACT Trophy finalist


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 Isaiah Simmons named Lott IMPACT Trophy finalist

The Pacific Club IMPACT Foundation announced Friday that Clemson linebacker Isaiah Simmons has been named one of four finalists for the Lott IMPACT Trophy, presented annually to the nation's top defensive player who embodies the characteristics of Integrity, Maturity, Performance, Academics, Community and Tenacity.

Simmons' selection marks the second straight season in which Clemson has produced a finalist for the award, as defensive tackle Christian Wilkins was named a finalist in 2018.

The 2019 finalists are:

Derrick Brown, DT, Auburn

Jordan Fuller, S, Ohio State

Isaiah Simmons, LB, Clemson

Evan Weaver, LB, Cal

The entire award show will be live-streamed beginning at 10 p.m. (Eastern time) on Dec. 15.

ISAIAH SIMMONS, Clemson (12-0), LB, Jr.: Mid-Season All-American… Lott IMPACT Trophy Player of the Week… Leads team with 84 tackles, 14 tackles for loss, 7 sacks, 18 QB hurries, 6 passes broken up, an interception and a fumble recovery… Led National Champions with 97 tackles last season.

Rated No. 8 on USA Today Heisman Watch… Two-time state long jump champion… Sports Communication major.

“Isaiah embodies joy. He is unbelievably committed to being great and that commitment extends to being a great teammate and great citizen,” – Dabo Swinney, Head Coach, Clemson

“Throughout his student-athlete career at Clemson, Isaiah has prioritized community and campus involvement through participation in several service projects and activities. I have found him to be hardworking and engaging.” Jeff Davis, Associate Athletic Director, Clemson

2019 Lott IMPACT Trophy Players of the Week

Week One – Kenneth Murray, Oklahoma

Week Two – Evan Weaver, Cal

Week Three – Isaiah Simmons, Clemson

Week Four – Evan Weaver, Cal/Joe Bachie, Michigan State

Week Five – David Woodward, Utah State

Week Six – Jordan Fuller, Ohio State

Week Seven – Chris Orr, Wisconsin

Week Eight – Evan Weaver, Cal

Week Nine – Shaquille Quarterman, Miami

Week Ten – Cole Christiansen, Army

Week Eleven – Rashard Lawrence, LSU

Week Twelve – Kenneth Murray, Oklahoma

Week Thirteen – Kenneth Murray, Oklahoma

Week Fourteen – Derrick Brown, Auburn

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