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Ben Humphreys
Humphreys on 2018 Lott IMPACT Trophy Watch List
Courtesy: Duke Sports Information
Release: 05/22/2018
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NEWPORT BEACH, Calif. – Senior linebacker Ben Humphreys has earned a place on the 2018 Lott IMPACT Trophy Watch List, according to an announcement by the Pacific Club IMPACT Foundation. Humphreys is one of 42 student-athlete nominees for the 15th annual Lott IMPACT Trophy, which honors the top defensive player in college football who makes the biggest impact for his team, both on and off the field.

 

Humphreys, a native of Newport Beach, Calif., has played in 36 career games, booking 207 total tackles with 22.0 for loss and 8.0 sacks to go along with four pass breakups, three fumble recoveries, two interceptions, one caused fumble and 18 quarterback pressures. As a junior in 2017, Humphreys was exceptional in Duke’s victory against Baylor, carding six tackles, 1.0 TFL, 1.0 sack, three quarterback pressures and an interception returned 22 yards for a touchdown. Humphreys recorded at least one tackle for loss in nine of his 11 games played and coupled with teammates Joe Giles-Harris (16.0), Mike Ramsay (9.5) and Tre Hornbuckle (9.5) to make Duke one of four teams in the ACC to have four or more players with 9.0 or more TFL, joining Florida State, Miami and Virginia Tech.

 

At the conclusion of the 2016 season, Humphreys was a third team All-ACC pick by both the head coaches and Atlantic Coast Sports Media Association. He was tabbed the ACC Linebacker of the Week following the Virginia Tech tilt, when he booked 16 tackles. Humphreys started all 12 games in 2016 and ranked sixth in the ACC in tackles per game (8.83), tied for sixth in fumble recoveries per game (0.17) and tied for 11th in total tackles (106).

In 2015, former Duke safety Jeremy Cash, a current member of the Arizona Cardinals, was a finalist for the Lott IMPACT Trophy. The year before, former linebacker David Helton was a finalist.

 

Named after Pro Football Hall of Fame member Ronnie Lott, The Lott IMPACT 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 $1.5 million to various charities throughout the country. The four finalists will attend the 15th annual Lott IMPACT Trophy Banquet December 9 in Newport Beach (with his school receiving $25,000 for its general scholarship fund).

 

The 2018 Lott IMPACT Trophy Watch List
Josh Allen, LB, Kentucky
Zack Allen, DL, Boston College
Deandre Baker, DB, Georgia
Nick Bosa, DE, Ohio State
Ben Burr-Kirven, LB, Washington
Te’von Coney, LB, Notre Dame
Koron Crump, DE/LB, Arizona State
DeShaun Davis, LB, Auburn
Joe Dineen Jr., LB, Kansas
Troy Dye, LB, Oregon
T.J. Edwards, LB, Wisconsin
Jordan Fuller, S, Ohio State
Denzel Goolsby, S, Kansas State
Porter Gustin, LB, USC
Nate Hall, LB, Northwestern
Chase Hansen, S, Utah
Khaleke Hudson, DB, Michigan
Ben Humphreys, LB, Duke
Chauncy Gardner-Johnson, DB, Florida
Pat Jasinski, LB, Central Florida
Joe Jackson, DL, Miami
Anfernee Jennings, LB, Alabama
Caleb Kelly, LB, Oklahoma
Jordan Kunaszyk, LB, Cal
Dexter Lawrence, DE, Clemson
David Leisring, S, Dayton
Kekoa Nawahine, S, Boise State
Anthony Nelson, DL, Iowa
Bobby Okereke, LB, Stanford
Ed Oliver, DL, Houston
Adarius Pickett, DB, UCLA
Taylor Rapp, S, Washington
Colin Schooler, LB, Arizona
Jeffery Simmons, DL, Mississippi State
Cameron Smith, LB, USC
Sutton Smith, DE, Northern Illinois
Ty Summers, LB, TCU
Drue Tranquill, LB, Notre Dame
Devin White, LB, LSU
Christian Wilkins, DL, Clemson
Sean Williams, S, Navy
Dedrick Young, LB, Nebraska

 

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