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Ross Cockrell
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Ross Cockrell
Cockrell Named to Lott Trophy Watch List
Tuesday 05/16/2013  -  Duke Sports Information
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DURHAM, N.C. – Duke redshirt senior cornerback Ross Cockrell has been named to the 2013 Lott IMPACT Trophy Watch List, announced on Thursday by the Pacific Club in Newport Beach, Calif.

A total of 42 student-athletes from 37 different colleges around the country represent players who have made the biggest IMPACT on their teams both on and off the field.  IMPACT stands for Integrity, Maturity, Performance, Academics, Community and Tenacity.

Cockrell, a native of Waxhaw, N.C., earned honorable mention All-America honors from Sports Illustrated in 2012 after posting 71 tackles, 4.0 tackles for loss, 1.0 quarterback sack, five interceptions, 13 pass breakups and one caused fumble.  A first team All-ACC pick by both the media and coaches, he ranked tied for first in the league in interceptions per game (0.38), third in passes defended per game (1.38) and 41st in tackles per game (5.46) while becoming the first Blue Devil to lead the league in interceptions per game since John Talley in 2006.

In 36 career games, Cockrell has amassed 187 tackles, 5.0 tackles for loss, 1.0 quarterback sack, nine interceptions, 29 pass breakups, 38 total passes defended and one caused fumble.  On Duke’s career charts, he ranks fourth in total passes defended, sixth in pass breakups and tied for 10th in interceptions and, among active players in the ACC, ranks first in interceptions, second in pass breakups, second in total passes defended and fourth in tackles.

Voting for the award is held throughout the season by a National Voter Panel of former college coaches and players, select members of the media, past winners of the award and the Board of Directors of the Pacific Club IMPACT Foundation, the sponsors of the award. 

The Pacific Club IMPACT Foundation also announced charity donations of $25,000 which brought their total donations in nine years to over $1 million.  The 10th annual Lott IMPACT Trophy Black-Tie Awards Banquet will be Dec. 8 at the Pacific Club in Newport Beach.

2013 Lott IMPACT Trophy Watch List
Henry Anderson, DL, Stanford
Geoffrey Bacon, LB, Army
Calvin Barnett, DL, Oklahoma State
Anthony Barr, LB, UCLA
Nat Behre, DB, San Diego State
Chris Borland, LB, Wisconsin
Max Bullough, LB, Michigan State
Ibraheim Campbell, DB, Northwestern
Ross Cockrell, CB, Duke
Aaron Colvin, CB, Oklahoma
Scott Crichton, DL, Oregon State
Alden Darby, DB, Arizona State 
Aaron Donald, DL, Pitt
Steele DiVitto, LB, Boston College
Ahmad Dixon, S, Baylor
Ifo Ekpre-Olomu, CB, Oregon
Antone Exum, CB, Virginia Tech
Jake Fischer, LB, Arizona
Chase Garnham, LB, Vanderbilt
Bryce Hager, LB, Baylor
Jackson Jeffcoat, DE, Texas
A.J. Johnson, LB, Tennessee
Lamarcus Joyner, S/CB, Florida State
Eric Kendricks, LB, UCLA
Devon Kennard, DL, USC
James Morris, LB, Iowa
C.J. Moseley, LB, Alabama
Damien Proby, LB, Northwestern
Ed Reynolds, S, Stanford
Bradley Roby, CB, Ohio State
D.T. Shackleford, LB, Ole Miss
Ryan Shazier, LB, Ohio State
Danny Shelton, DT, Washington
Spencer Shuey, LB, Clemson
Derron Smith, DB, Fresno State
John Timu, LB, Washington
Stephon Tuitt, DE, Notre Dame
Jack Tyler, LB, Virginia Tech
Kyle Van Noy, LB, BYU
Jason Verrett, CB, TCU
Avery Williamson, LB, Kentucky
Ty Zimmerman, S, Kansas State

Previous Winners, Lott IMPACT Trophy
2004–David Pollack, DE, Georgia
2005-DeMeco Ryans, LB, Alabama
2006-Dante Hughes, DB, Cal
2007-Glenn Dorsey, DT, LSU
2008-James Laurinaitis, LB, Ohio State
2009-Jerry Hughes, DE, TCU
2010-J.J. Watt, DL, Wisconsin
2011-Luke Kuechly, LB, Boston College
2012-Manti Te’o, LB, Notre Dame

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. For more information on The Lott Trophy visit: www.LottTrophy.com.


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