ASU’s Lawrence Guy named Lott Trophy quarterfinalist
Arizona State University junior defensive lineman Lawrence Guy has been named one of 23 quarterfinalists for the Lott Trophy, presented annually to college football's Defensive IMPACT Player of the Year.
Guy (Las Vegas, Nev.) has recorded 22 tackles this season, including 2.5 for loss and a quarterback sack. Starting in all six games so far this season, Guy has also batted two passes away at the line of scrimmage and has anchored the Sun Devil defensive front.
Guy is a 6-5, 300-pounder who has become a team leader. Diagnosed with dyslexia and attention deficit disorder, he has dedicated himself academically and earned a 3.41 grade-point average last spring. He is now a featured speaker at schools in Arizona about his disability and how to overcome it.
Named after Hall of Famer Ronnie Lott, the Lott Trophy is the first college football award to equally recognize athletic performance and the personal character attributes of the player. The award is given to the player who exhibits the same characteristics Lott embodied during his distinguished career: Integrity, Maturity, Performance, Academics, Community and Tenacity.
Guy is one of four players from the Pacific-10 Conference to make the list, joining UCLA's Akeem Ayers, Oregon’s Casey Matthews and California’s Mike Mohammed.
The semi-finalists will be announced November 3 and the four finalists on November 24. The winner will be announced at the seventh annual Lott Trophy banquet in Newport Beach, California.