As the college football season inches closer, the time for award watch lists has begun, and Pitt already has their first candidate. On Tuesday, the Lott IMPACT Trophy announced Pitt senior defensive end Deslin Alexandre as a candidate.
— Lott IMPACT Trophy (@TheLottTrophy) June 15, 2021
The Lott IMPACT Trophy, named for College Football and Pro Football Hall of Fame safety Ronnie Lott, is given each year 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.” 42 players are selected to the watch list each year, which is an homage to Lott’s number 42, which he wore at USC and throughout his NFL career.
In 37 career games (15 starts) with Pitt, Alexandre has tallied 61 tackles, 18 tackles for loss, 8.5 sacks, four passes defensed and two fumble recoveries. He was selected to the All-ACC Academic Football Team in both 2019 and 2020 and was named to the Pro Football Focus ACC Team of the Week for his performance against North Carolina in 2019.
The 6-foot-4, 280-pound Florida native didn’t play football until his junior year of high school, but still ended up ranked by Scout as a top 25 defensive end in Florida.
Last year’s Lott IMPACT Trophy was won by linebacker Paddy Fisher of Northwestern. No Pitt player has won the award since its beginning in 2004.