Oct. 23, 2013
NEWPORT BEACH, Calif. – Baylor junior linebacker Bryce Hager was named one of 20 quarterfinalists for the 10th annual Lott IMPACT Trophy, the Pacific Club IMPACT Foundation announced on Wednesday.
Hager, an Austin, Texas, product, leads BU and is third in the Big 12 Conference with 8.7 tackles per game. He is part of a Baylor defense that leads the Big 12 and is seventh in the country in scoring, allowing only 16.2 points per game. The Bears are also 11th in the country in total defense, giving up only 317.3 yards per game.
This year, Hager has 52 total tackles through six games with 34 solo stops. He also has 2.5 tackles for loss, one sack, three pass breakups, four quarterback hurries and a 91-yard fumble recovery for a touchdown.
Hager, along with TCU’s Jason Verrett, are the only two quarterfinalists from the Big 12, while Hager is one of 11 linebackers on the list.
Earlier this year, Hager was named the Lott IMPACT Player of the Week following his career-high 18-tackle performance vs. Kansas State. He racked up the second-highest tackle total in the Big 12 this year, along with two tackles for loss and one sack in that game.
Hager was on the award’s initial watch list in May, which included 42 student-athletes.
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. The award works to recognize players for their contributions on and off the field with IMPACT standing for Integrity, Maturity, Performance, Academics, Community and Tenacity.
Eight semifinalists for the award will be announced Nov. 13, four finalists will be announced Nov. 27 and the winner at the 10th annual Lott IMPACT Trophy Banquet Dec. 8 at the Pacific Club in Newport Beach.
Baylor is off to a 6-0 start to the season for the first time since 1980. The Bears have opened 3-0 in conference action for the first time since 1985.
This week, Baylor is ranked No. 5 in the USA Today Coaches Poll and No. 6 in the AP Top 25. The Bears debuted at No. 8 in the first edition of the BCS standings released on Sunday.
Baylor will now play its second road game of the year on Saturday as the Bears face the Kansas Jayhawks in Lawrence, Kan. That game will be televised at 6 p.m. by ESPNU.
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