CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. – Virginia cornerback Bryce Hall has been named to the 2019 Lott IMPACT Trophy Watch List, honoring the top collegiate defensive student-athlete in the country that exhibits the characteristics displayed by Ronnie Lott during his legendary college and professional careers. IMPACT stands for Integrity, Maturity, Performance, Academics and Tenacity.
Hall (Sr., Harrisburg, Pa.) was a second-team All-American and a first-team All-ACC honoree after leading the nation with 22 pass breakups and 24 passes defended. Hall was a major contributor to a secondary that shined in 2018, finishing No. 12 in the nation in team passing efficiency defense (107.62), No. 16 in passing yards allowed (183.0), No. 20 in the nation in team defense (330.5) and No. 20 in scoring defense (20.1). UVA’s 28-0 drubbing of South Carolina in the 2018 Belk Bowl was the first time an SEC team was shutout in a bowl by a non-SEC team since the 1975 Gator Bowl.
There are 42 nominated players (Lott’s uniform number) representing 41 different universities throughout the country. There are only nine players from six ACC teams on the watch list.
The winner, announced in December at a gala black-tie dinner, will receive $25,000 for his school’s general scholarship fund while each of three runner-ups will receive $5,000 each for their schools.
Additionally, one athlete is chosen as Player of the Week each week during the season, earning $1,000 for his school.
Voters for the award include selected members of the national media, previous finalists, the Board of Directors of the Pacific Club IMPACT Foundation and a distinguished group of former college football head coaches.
The 16th annual Lott IMPACT Trophy Awards will be held Dec. 15th at The Pacific Club in Newport Beach, Calif.