April 8, 2009
NEWPORT BEACH, Calif. - University of Notre Dame senior Mike Anello has been named to the 2009 Lott Trophy Watch List, it was announced Tuesday by Ronnie Lott at a luncheon in Newport Beach, Calif.
The Watch List is made up of 42 of the nation's top defensive players who have had the biggest IMPACT on their teams on and off the field. IMPACT stands for Integrity, Maturity, Performance, Academics, Community and Tenacity.
Anello, a 5-10, 170-pound cornerback, has been a standout special teams player for the Irish and graduated with a finance degree in three and a half years. The former walk-on player from Orland Park, Ill. was rewarded with a scholarship prior to the start of the 2008 season. Anello has totaled 29 tackles, including 19 solo stops, with two forced fumbles and one fumble recovery as a member of the punt and kickoff coverage units.
In 2008, Anello was named to the ESPN the Magazine/CoSIDA Academic All-America second team and was recipient of the Nick Pietrosante Award and the Rockne Student-Athlete Award at the 2008 football banquet.
Named after Hall of Famer Lott, The Lott Trophy is awarded to college football's Defensive IMPACT Player of the Year. Now in its sixth year, The Lott Trophy is the only college football award to equally recognize athletic performance and the personal character attributes of the player.
Sponsored by The Pacific Club IMPACT Foundation, the award is given to a player who exhibits the same characteristics Lott embodied during his distinguished career: Integrity, Maturity, Performance, Academics, Community and Tenacity.
David Pollack of Georgia won the initial Lott Trophy in 2004. DeMeco Ryans of Alabama won the award in 2005, Daymeion Hughes of Cal was the recipient in 2006, Glenn Dorsey of LSU in 2007 and James Laurinaitis of Ohio State last year. Georgia, Alabama, Cal, LSU and Ohio State have each received $25,000 for their general scholarship funds. In five years, the Pacific Club IMPACT Foundation has now donated nearly $650,000 to various charities, including the four universities.
Voters for the award include selected members of the national media, previous finalists, the Board of Directors of the Pacific Club IMPACT Foundation, The IMPACT Foundation Board of Advisers comprised of many retired NFL players and Master Coaches, a distinguished group of former head college coaches.
The winner will be announced at a gala black-tie banquet at The Pacific Club in Newport Beach, Calif. on December 13th, 2009.
The 2009 Lott Trophy Watch List
Mike Anello, DB, Notre Dame, Sr., 5-10, 170 (Orland Park, Ill.)
Pat Angerer, LB, Iowa, Sr., 6-1, 232 (Bettendorf, Iowa)
Matthew Bauman, LB, BYU, Sr., 6-1, 232 (Salt Lake City, Utah)
Patrick Benoist, LB, Vanderbilt, Sr., 6-0, 222 (Southlake, Texas)
Eric Berry, DB, Tennessee, So., 5-11, 195 (Fairburn, Ga.)
Alex Carrington, DE, Arkansas State, Sr., 6-5, 275 (Tupelo, Miss.)
Terrence Cody, DT, Alabama, Sr., 6-5, 365 (Ft, Myers, Fla.)
Reggie Carter, LB, UCLA, Sr., 6-1, 240 (Los Angeles, Calif.)
Harry Coleman, LB, LSU, Sr., 6-2, 205 (Baldwin, La.)
Kurt Coleman, S, Ohio State, Sr., 5-11, 188 (Clayton, Ohio)
Rennie Curran, LB, Georgia, Jr., 5-11, 228 (Snellville, Ga.)
Brian Duncan, LB, Texas Tech, Sr., 6-1, 238 (Baton Rogue, La.)
Brandon Graham, DE, Michigan, Sr., 6-2, 270 (Detroit, Mich.)
Mark Herzlich, LB, Boston College, Jr., 6-4, 238 (Wayne, Pa.)
Jerry Hughes, DE, TCU, Sr., 6-3, 267 (Sugar Land, Texas)
Jeremy Jarmon, DE, Kentucky, Jr., 6-3, 268 (Collierville, Tenn.)
Greg Jones, LB, Michigan State, Jr., 6-1, 222 (Cincinnati, Ohio)
Jan Jorgensen, DE, BYU, Jr., 6-3, 260, (Helper, Utah)
Keaton Kristick, LB, Oregon State, Sr., 6-3, 226 (Fountain Hills, Ariz.)
Sean Lee, LB, Penn State, Sr. 6-2, 236 (Pittsburgh, Pa.)
Taylor Mays, S, USC, Jr., 6-4, 225 (Seattle, Wash.)
Rolando McClain, LB, Alabama, Jr., 6-4, 249 (Decatur, Ala.)
Gerald McCoy, DT, Oklahoma, Jr., 6-4, 300 (Oklahoma City, Okla.)
Bo McNally, S, Stanford, Sr., 6-0, 210 (Salt Lake City, Utah)
Derrick Morgan, DE, Georgia Tech, Jr., 6-4, 270 (Coatsville, Pa.)
Roddrick Muckelroy, LB, Texas, Sr., 6-2, 235 (Hallsville, Texas)
Mike Nixon, LB, Arizona State, Sr., 6-3, 227 (Phoenix, Ariz.)
Eric Norwood, DE, South Carolina, Jr., 6-0, 258 (Acworth, Ga.)
Vince Oghobaase, DT, Duke, Sr., 6-6, 300 (Houston, Texas)
Jeff Owens, DT, Georgia, Sr., 6-3, 298 (Sunrise, Fla.)
Joe Pawelek, LB, Baylor, Sr., 6-2, 240 (San Antonio, Texas)
George Selvie, DE, South Florida, Jr., 6-4, 242 (Pensacola, Fla.)
Brandon Spikes, LB, Florida, Jr., 6-3, 245 (Shelby, N.C.)
Darrell Stuckey, DB, Kansas, Sr., 6-1, 205 (Kansas City, Mo.)
Ndamukong Suh, DE, Nebraska, Sr., 6-4, 300 (Portland, Ore.)
Syd'Quan Thompson, DB, Cal, Sr., 5-9, 187 (Sacramento, Calif.)
Alterraun Verner, DB, UCLA, Jr., 5-11, 178 (Carson, Calif.)
Ward, T.J., DB, Oregon, Sr., 5-11, 200 (Antoch, Calif.)
Sean Weatherspoon, LB, Missouri, Jr., 6-1, 230 (Jasper, Texas)
Ryan Winterswyk, DE, Boise State, Sr., 6-4, 258 (La Habra, Calif.)
Reed Williams, LB, Sr., West Virginia, 6-1, 228 (Moorefieild, W.V.)
Corey Wootton, DE, Sr., Northwestern, 6-7, 270 (Rutherford, N.J.)