Lee named to Lott Trophy Watch List

University Park, Pa. — Penn State senior linebacker Sean Lee (Pittsburgh) is has been selected to the 2009 Lott Trophy Watch List. The All-Big Ten selection is among a group of six Big Ten players to receive the nomination.
Named in honor of College and Pro Hall of Famer Ronnie Lott, The Lott Trophy is awarded to college football’s Defensive IMPACT Player of the Year. Sponsored by The Pacific Club IMPACT Foundation, the award is given to a player who exhibits the same characteristics Lott embodied during his distinguished career: Integrity, Maturity, Performance, Academics, Community and Tenacity.
In its sixth year, The Lott Trophy is the only college football award to equally recognize athletic performance and the personal character attributes of the player.
After missing the 2008 season with a serious knee injury, Lee has returned this spring return to provide leadership and stability to a defensive unit that lost seven starters to graduation or the NFL. Instinctive and intelligent, he will combine with 2008 first team All-Big Ten honoree Navorro Bowman, veterans Josh Hull and Jerome Hayes, and underclassmen Chris Colasanti, Bani Gbadyu, Michael Mauti and Nate Stupar to form one the most productive linebacker corps in the nation, intent on carrying on the tradition of “Linebacker U.”
A probable All-America candidate, Lee enters the 2009 season with 239 career stops, just 17 shy of breaking into Penn State’s career top 10 list. With another standout season, he could join former All-Americans Dan Connor and Paul Posluszny as the program’s top three tacklers.
In 2007, Lee had a superb junior year, recording 138 tackles; a total that ranked fifth on Penn State’s single season list. His season culminated with Valero Alamo Bowl Defensive MVP honors after he registered 14 tackles in the Nittany Lions’ 24-17 victory over Texas A&M.   Lee earned second team All-Big Ten accolades in 2007
Voters for the Lott Trophy include selected members of the national media, previous finalists, the Board of Directors of the Pacific Club IMPACT Foundation. The IMPACT Foundation Board of Advisors comprised of many retired NFL players and Legends Coaches, a distinguished group of former head college coaches.

A former standout at Upper St. Clair HS, Lee is among 42 initial candidates for the 2009 Lott Trophy. The winner will be announced at a banquet at The Pacific Club in Newport Beach, Ca. on Dec. 13, 2009.
The Nittany Lions will culminate spring practice with the Blue-White Game presented by Donate Life Pennsylvania, at 2 p.m. on Saturday, April 25 in Beaver Stadium. There is no admission or parking fee for the Blue-White Game. The contest can be heard on the Penn State Sports Network and www.GoPSUsports.com.

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Last Updated November 18, 2010