USC junior linebacker Cam Smith was named a semifinalist for the Lott IMPACT Trophy, the The Pacific Club IMPACT Foundation announced on Thursday. The Lott IMPACT Trophy is named for former Trojans’ legend Ronnie Lott, and annually presented to college football’s best defensive player in both character and performance.
Smith leads the Trojans with 83 tackles so far this season. He also has 8 tackles for a loss, one half-sack, recovered 1 fumble and intercepted one pass. He’s the heart and soul of the USC defensive unit. Upon the announcement, USC Football tweeted out congratulations:
— USC Trojans (@USC_Athletics) November 10, 2017
The other semifinalists include Alabama DB Minkah Fitzpatrick, Texas DE Malik Jefferson, Iowa LB Josey Jewell, Virginia LB Micah Kiser, Washington State DL Hercules Mata’afa, Oklahoma LB Ogbonnia Okoronkwo, Stanford DL Harrison Phillips, and Notre Dame S Drue Tranquill.
The winner of the award will announced at The Lott IMPACT Trophy Award Banquet on Dec. 10.