March 28, 2006
BERKELEY, Calif. - California senior cornerback Daymeion Hughes has been named to the watch list for the 2006 Lott Trophy, awarded annually to college football's defensive impact player of the year. Hughes, an All-Pac-10 first-team selection who led Cal with five interceptions in 2005, is one of 42 players named to the list.
A 6-2, 188-pound product of Los Angeles and Crenshaw High School, Hughes has seven career interceptions and 28 career starts for Cal. He was named a mid-season All-American by Sports Illustrated in 2005, when he helped the Golden Bears achieve an 8-4 record and a 35-28 win over BYU in the Pioneer PureVision Las Vegas Bowl. His interception on BYU's last possession of the bowl game clinched Cal's victory in Las Vegas.
Hughes also led the Pac-10 Conference with 17 passes defended, which included 12 break-ups. His five interceptions put him second among Pac-10 leaders and ranked him 16th in the nation. He returned one of his interceptions 41 yards for a touchdown against Washington and returned another 59 yards against New Mexico State last fall.
Hughes' 2005 highlights included breaking up two passes and making a season-high 10 tackles against top-ranked USC, blocking a kick and recording a sack against Washington State, and forcing a fumble against Stanford.
The Lott Trophy is named after former San Francisco 49ers and Oakland Raiders Hall of Fame safety Ronnie Lott, who starred as a collegian at USC. It 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, 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.
Cal will open the 2006 season against Tennessee on Sept. 2 in Knoxville, Tenn.
Below is the 2006 Lott Trophy Watch List:
2006 Lott Trophy Watch List
Rufus Alexander, Sr., LB, Oklahoma, 6-1, 231
Dwayne Andrews, Sr., LB, Fresno State, 6-0, 240
Patrick Bailey, Sr., LB, Duke, 6-4, 230
Daniel Bazuin, Sr., DE, Central Michigan, 6-3, 257
Tommy Blake, Sr., DE, TCU, 6-3, 250
H.B. Blades, Sr., LB, Pitt, 6-0, 240
Mkistro Bruce, Sr., DL, Washington State, 6-6, 255
Rob Caldwell, Sr., LB, Navy, 6-0, 222
Caleb Campbell, Jr., DB, Army, 6-2, 223
Adam Carriker, Sr., DL, Nebraska, 6-6, 280
Tim Crowder, Sr., DE, Texas, 6-4, 270
Joe Garcia, Sr., DB, Nevada, 6-0, 182
Michael Griffin, Sr., S, Texas, 6-0, 205
Korey Hall, Sr., LB, Boise State, 6-1, 228
Leon Hall, CB, Sr., Michigan, 5-11, 194
Vince Hall, Jr., LB, Virginia Tech, 6-0, 236
Marcus Hamilton, Sr., CB, Virginia, 5-11, 187
Justin Harrell, DT, Tennessee, 6-4, 306
Nate Harris, Sr., LB, Louisville, 6-1, 232
Jay Henry, Sr., LB, West Virginia, 6-2, 225
Will Herring, Sr., LB, Auburn, 6-3, 220
Daymeion Hughes, Sr., CB, Cal, 6-2, 185
Kenny Iwebema, Sr., DE, Iowa, 6-4, 255
Lawrence Jackson, DE, USC, 6-5, 265
Kyle Kinsell, DE, Davidson, 6-0, 235
LaRon Landry, Sr. S, LSU, 6-2, 204
Larry McSwain, Sr., DL, UAB, 6-3, 255
Brandon Meriweather, Sr, S, Miami, 6-0, 188
Will Meyers, Sr. DB, Indiana, 5-11, 201
Quentin Moses, Sr., DE, Georgia, 6-5, 255
Matt Muncy, Sr., LB, Ohio, 6-2, 234
Jesse Nading, Jr., DE, Colorado State, 6-5, 252
Eli Nichols, Sr., DL, Duke, 6-4, 260
Sam Olajubutu, Sr., LB, Arkansas, 5-9, 227
Paul Posluszny, Sr., LB, 6-2, 230, Penn State
Roderick Rogers, Sr., DB, Wisconsin, 6-2, 181
Brandon Siler, Jr., LB, Florida, 6-2, 239
Juwan Simpson, Sr., LB, Alabama, 6-3, 222
Justin Warren, Sr., LB, Texas A&M, 6-3, 237
Eric Weddle, Sr., S, Utah, 6-0, 200
Patrick Willis, Sr., LB, Mississippi, 6-2, 240
Tom Zbikowski, Sr, S, Notre Dame, 6-0, 208