Kentucky linebacker Courtney Love was one of 42 players named to the 2017 Lott IMPACT Trophy Watch List.
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.
Love started in all 13 games in 2016, earning a team captain role in 12 of them. The 6-foot-2 senior ranked third on the team in tackles with 76 and had a key fumble recovery at No. 11 Louisville that set up UK’s game-winning drive.
Love also excels in the community and the classroom. The 2016 SEC Community Service Team member leads the team in community service hours and has a passion for mentoring children especially those living in a one-parent household or children who have parents who are incarcerated. Because of his passion, he is set to volunteer at Amachi Central Kentucky, a mentoring program that seeks to pair caring, positive adults with children and youth in the Bluegrass who have one of both parents in state or federal prison or are affected by incarceration in some way. He also has served in a Skype mentoring program with are high school students, and has taken part in many events with the UK Children’s Hospital, Read Across America, Special Olympics, along with many other service activities. In May of 2016, Love was chosen to participate in a service/educational trip to Ethiopia where he helped build houses as well as shoe-shining boxes for men to be able to work and provide for their families. He also delivered food to impoverished families and visited with orphans and widows.
In the classroom, Love was named to the 2016 SEC Academic Honor Roll, graduating in May with a degree in community and leadership development. He is currently working on a second degree in communications. He also serves as one of UK football’s Student-Athlete Advisory Committee (SAAC) representatives.
For more information on The Lott Trophy and to see the entire watch list, go here: http://lottimpacttrophy.org/
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