May 16, 2013
TUCSON - The 2013 Lott IMPACT Trophy Watch List was announced Thursday by the Pacific Club in Newport Beach, Calif. with Arizona senior linebacker Jake Fischer earning a spot. Of the 42 players on the watch list, 11 hail from the Pac-12 with 20 linebackers, 14 defensive backs and eight defensive linemen total on the list.
Fischer, team captain as a junior in 2012, is often described as the heart and soul of the Arizona defense. Playing for defensive coordinator Jeff Casteel, Fischer was instrumental in the implementation of the 3-3-5 defensive system in Casteel and head coach Rich Rodriguez's first season at the helm of the Wildcat program.
Fischer has played in 39 career games, making 21 starts at linebacker, and was named Pac-12 Honorable Mention in 2012. He was also the Pac-12 Defensive Player of the Week for his 13 tackles in UA's 2012 home opener against Toledo. He totaled 119 tackles in 2012 with 6.5 for a loss of 16 yards. He also forced three and recovered four fumbles.
Also a team leader in community service, he was a member of the 2012 AFCA Good Works Team. Fischer was a 2012 CoSIDA Academic All-District award winner and is a two-time Pac-12 All-Academic honoree as a marketing major.
Named after Pro Football Hall of Fame member, Ronnie Lott, the Lott IMPACT Trophy is awarded to college football's Defensive IMPACT Player of the Year. Founded in 2004 by the Pacific Club IMPACT Foundation, the Lott Trophy is the first and only college football award to equally recognize athletic performance and the personal character attributes of the player. The Lott Trophy is given to the player who exhibits the same characteristics Lott embodied during his distinguished career: Integrity, Maturity, Performance, Academics, Community and Tenacity.
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 10th annual Lott IMPACT Trophy Black-Tie Awards Banquet will be Dec. 8 at the Pacific Club in Newport Beach, Calif.
Tickets for the 2013 football season are available and can be purchased by visiting the McKale Center Ticket Office, calling 520-621-CATS or by visiting ArizonaWildcats.com.