Andrews Named to Lott Trophy Watch List
March 27, 2006
FRESNO, Calif. - Fresno State senior Linebacker Dwayne Andrews is one of the 42 top defensive players in the nation who have been named to the 2006 Lott Trophy Watch List, it was announced today.
Named after Hall of Fame player Ronnie Lott, The Lott Trophy is awarded to college football's Defensive IMPACT Player of the Year. Now in its third year, The Lott Trophy is the first college football award to equally recognize athletic performance and the personal character attributes of the player.
Andrews, from Locke High in Los Angeles, is the defensive leader of the Bulldogs who was second on the team in tackles last season and selected second-team All-Western Athletic Conference. Andrews has started 28 of 38 games in his career and has at least one tackle in 32 straight games and 171 career tackles. As a Chicano Studies major, Andrews is a Bulldog "Academic Achiever."
"Dwayne embodies what Bulldog football is all about," said head coach Pat Hill. "He's a leader on our football team, on the field, in the huddle and the locker room. He goes about his daily duties with a professional demeanor and is respectful of his peers. He has also been a productive player for us at a high level. He is a great candidate for this award and the kind of player who should be associated with the qualities that Ronnie Lott exhibited in college and professional football."
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 and DeMeco Ryans of Alabama were the winners of the first two Lott Trophies. Both Georgia and Alabama received $25,000 for their general scholarship funds. In two years, the Pacific Club IMPACT Foundation has donated $170,000 to various charities, in addition to the two universities.
Voters for the award include selected members of the national media, previous finalists, the Board of Directors of the Pacific Club IMPACT Foundation 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 Dec. 10.
Andrews and the Bulldogs will host their annual Spring Game on Saturday, April 1, at 11 a.m. in Bulldog Stadium. Admission is free.
2006 Lott Trophy Watch List