Oct. 18, 2010
MADISON, Wis. – Junior defensive end J.J. Watt has been named the Lott IMPACT Player of the Week, it was announced on Monday.
Watt was instrumental in Wisconsin’s 31-18 win over No. 1 Ohio State on Saturday night. The Pewaukee, Wis., native had four tackles, three of which went for a loss, two sacks and one quarterback hurry as the Badgers knocked off a top-ranked team for the fourth time in school history.
Former Virginia and Navy Coach George Welsh of the Legends Coaches who vote on the weekly award said, "When I was coaching Navy, George Allen told me that to win you had to have relentless pass rushers the whole game long. J.J. Watt is exactly the kind of guy he was talking about after watching his game against Ohio State."
Watt’s 11.5 TFLs this season are tied for 10th in the nation, while his four sacks put him fourth in the Big Ten. Despite being a defensive end, Watt is also tied for fourth in the conference with six passes defended. He leads Wisconsin in those three categories.
Wisconsin will receive $1,000 for its general scholarship fund in recognition of Watt’s achievement.
Named after Hall of Famer Ronnie Lott, the Lott is awarded to college football’s Defensive IMPACT Player of the Year. Now in its seventh year, the Lott is the first college football award to equally recognize athletic performance and the personal character attributes of the player.
Sponsored by The Pacific Club IMPACT Foundation in Newport Beach, the award is given to the player who exhibits the same characteristics Lott embodied during his distinguished career: Integrity, Maturity, Performance, Academics, Community and Tenacity.