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Michigan Football’s Josh Metellus and Khaleke Hudson named to Lott Impact Trophy Watch List

Two members of Michigan’s defense make the cut for the Lott Impact Trophy Watch List

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The college football season will be here before you know it. Only a few more months until live-game action ensues. But for now, we’ll have to settle for preseason rankings, and award watch lists.

On Friday, the Ronnie Lott Impact Trophy Watch List was released, and Michigan safety Josh Metellus and linebacker Khaleke Hudson both made the cut.

The Impact Award is awarded annually to individuals who demonstrate excellence in the field of athletics and recognizes college football’s Defensive Player of the Year who best exemplifies the IMPACT acronym: Integrity, Maturity, Performance, Academics, Community and Tenacity.

Hudson is shaping up to be a huge leader for Michigan on defense in 2019, and Metellus could have a major leadership role as well.

In 2018, Hudson recorded 44 tackles and 2 sacks while Metellus had 48 total tackles and 3 interceptions.

If Hudson was to win, he’d become the second Michigan VIPER in the last five years to win the award. Former Michigan star Jabrill Peppers won the trophy in 2016.

The Lott Impact Award is interesting because of the wide variety of criteria used to choose the award winner. It seems like it would would be challenging to select a winner.

To check out the entire watch list, Click Here.