Hokies Defensive Lineman Tapp finalist for Lott Trophy

By Krupka  |   Friday, December 02, 2005  |  Comments( 0 )

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Virginia Tech Hokies senior defensive end Darryl Tapp was named one of three finalists for the Lott Trophy. The other two finalists are Ohio State standout linebacker A.J. Hawk and Alabama Crimson Tide linebacker DeMeco Ryans.

This is the second year that the Lott Trophy will be given out. Last season Georgia Bulldogs defensive end David Pollack received the award. Pollack has since been drafted in the first round this past April by the Cincinnati Bengals. The Lott Trophy is given to college footballs defensive impact player of the year. The criteria used in judging the student-athletes are on the field and off the field performance. It is the first sports award based on personal character and is named after legendary safety Ronnie Lott.

Tapp has tallied 41 tackles, 10.5 tackles for loss, 9 sacks, 34 quarterback hurries, 3 forced fumbles, and blocked a kick this season. Hawk, the Big 10 defensive player of the year, has racked up an incredible 109 tackles, 11.5 tackles for loss, 6.5 sacks, 1 fumble recovery, and 1 interception. Ryans has 69 tackles this season with 10 tackles for loss.

All three are tremendous athletes, and brilliant in the classroom. All are equally deserving of winning. Each player anchors their respective defenses which all rank among the top in all of college football. We'll find out the winner on December 11th when the Lott Trophy winner is announced at The Pacific Club in Newport Beach.
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