Sept. 16, 2009
NEWPORT BEACH, Ca. – Georgia Tech Defensive End Derrick Morgan has been named the Lott Trophy IMPACT Player of the Week. Morgan, a 6-4, 275-pound junior from Coatesville, Pa., had four tackles for loss, three sacks and a team best 10 tackles in Georgia Tech’s 30-27 win over Clemson last Thursday night. He was also named the ACC Defensive Lineman of the Week for his efforts.
Morgan had a career night in Georgia Tech’s 30-27 win against Clemson on Thursday night in front of a national television audience on ESPN. MorgaM had a game-high 10 tackles, a personal-best four tackles for loss (13 yards), and three sacks (nine yards). Additionally, he helped the defensive front pressure the Clemson offense into forcing two interceptions and holding off a Tiger comeback after Georgia Tech led 24-0 midway through the second quarter.
Named after Hall of Famer Ronnie 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 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.
In five years, the Pacific Club IMPACT Foundation has donated more than $650,000 to various charities, including $25,000 to each of the winners’ universities. Voters for the award include selected members of the national media, previous finalists, the Board of Directors of the IMPACT Foundation, the IMPACT Foundation Board of Advisors comprised of retired NFL players and the Legends Coaches, a distinguished group of former college head coaches.