By Greg Ostendorf
AUBURN, Ala. – Auburn linebacker Deshaun Davis was selected as one of 42 candidates for the 15th annual Lott IMPACT Trophy on Tuesday.
The 42 (Ronnie Lott’s number) nominees represent the finest in college football – defensive players who have had the biggest IMPACT on their teams both on and off the field. IMPACT stands for Integrity, Maturity, Performance, Academics, Community and Tenacity.
Davis is coming off a season in which he led Auburn with 82 tackles. He also recorded 6.5 tackles for loss, 3.5 sacks and had one fumble recovery. The senior middle linebacker has started every game for the Tigers the past two seasons.
Off the field, Davis graduated from Auburn in December and earned his bachelor’s degree.
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There are 21 linebackers, 11 defensive backs and 10 defensive linemen on the initial Watch List. Candidates will be evaluated during the season with a Player of the Week chosen each week. The four finalists will attend a banquet on Dec. 9 with his school receiving $25,000 for its general scholarship fund.
Greg Ostendorf is a Senior Writer for AuburnTigers.com. Follow him on Twitter: