Jordan Fuller was named a quarterfinalist for the 2019 Lott IMPACT Trophy by the Pacific Club IMPACT Foundation.
The award recognizes the player who makes the biggest IMPACT on his team both on and off the field. IMPACT stands for Integrity, Maturity, Performance, Academics, Community and Tenacity.
The winner will be announced at a black-tie gala on Dec. 15 at the Pacific Club in Newport Beach, Calif.
The Foundation will donate $25,000 to the general scholarship fund of the winners’ university and $5,000 to each of three runner-up schools.
Fuller, who led the team in solo tackles in both 2017 and 2018, leads the 2019 Buckeyes with 32 stops (23 solo). The senior second-year captain also snagged two interceptions and broke up one pass through six games.
In Ohio State’s 34-10 victory against Michigan State, Fuller led the team with seven tackles (five solo) and picked off a pass that he returned for a touchdown before it was called back for a questionable illegal blindside block penalty.
Jordan Fuller interception, though the touchdown is called back on a block in the back pic.twitter.com/wRen7SalW9
— Buckeye Sports Bulletin (@Buckeye_Sports) October 6, 2019
The Old Tappan, N.J., native earned Lott IMPACT Trophy Player of the Week honors for his performance, and kudos from Hall of Fame safety Ronnie Lott, himself.
Congrats. Dot the i, @j_fuller4! I know @ryandaytime and @OhioStateFB are proud. #CharacterCounts https://t.co/qC4WmI6kQf
— Ronnie Lott (@RonnieLottHOF) October 8, 2019
Fuller also stars in the classroom, earning first-team Academic All-American in 2018, Big Ten Conference Distinguished Scholar and multiple Academic All-Big Ten and OSU Scholar-Athlete awards. He is set to graduate in December with a degree in business marketing.
Voting for the quarterfinalists was done by members of the board of directors, former coaches and players as well as journalists.
In the 16 years of the award, five Big Ten players have earned the Lott IMPACT Trophy, including one from Ohio State. James Laurinaitis won the prestigious honor in 2016.
2019 Lott IMPACT Trophy Quarter-Finalists:
Paulson Adebo, CB, Stanford
Mohamed Barry, LB, Nebraska
Joe Bachie, LB, Michigan State
Derrick Brown, DL, Auburn
Myles Bryant, DB, Washington
Cole Christiansen, LB, Army
Troy Dye, LB, Oregon
A.J. Epenesa, DE, Iowa
Jordan Fuller, DB, Ohio State
Cale Garrett, LB, Missouri
Yetur Gross-Matos, DL, Penn State
Khaleke Hudson, LB/S, Michigan
Brandon Jones, DB, Texas
Kenneth Murray, LB, Oklahoma
Chris Orr, LB, Wisconsin
Colin Schooler, LB, Arizona
Isaiah Simmons, LB, Clemson
Curtis Weaver, DL, Boise State
Evan Weaver, LB, Cal
David Woodward, LB, Utah State
2019 Lott IMPACT Trophy Players of the Week:
Week One – Kenneth Murray, Oklahoma
Week Two – Evan Weaver, Cal
Week Three – Isaiah Simmons, Clemson
Week Four – Evan Weaver, Cal | Joe Bachie, Michigan State
Week Five – David Woodward, Utah State
Week Six – Jordan Fuller, Ohio State
Previous Winners of the Lott IMPACT Trophy:
2004 – David Pollack, Georgia
2005 – DeMeco Ryans, Alabama
2006 – Dante Hughes, Cal
2007 – Glenn Dorsey, LSU
2008 – James Laurinaitis, Ohio State
2009 – Jerry Hughes, TCU
2010 – J.J. Watt, Wisconsin
2011 – Luke Kuechly, Boston College
2012 – Manti Te’o, Notre Dame
2013 – Anthony Barr, UCLA
2014 – Eric Kendricks, UCLA
2015 – Carl Nassib, Penn State
2016 – Jabrill Peppers, Michigan
2017 – Josey Jewell, Iowa
2018 – Josh Allen, Kentucky
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