Originally posted on Fox Sports West  |  Last updated 11/29/12

SAN FRANCISCO - SEPTEMBER 20: Former San Francisco 49ers quarterback Joe Montana has a laugh with former San Francisco 49er Ronnie Lott during home opener as the San Francisco 49ers host the Seattle Seahawks at Candlestick Park September 20, 2009 in San Francisco, California. (Photo by David Paul Morris/Getty Images)
NEWPORT BEACH, Ca. The Pacific Club IMPACT Foundation has named the four finalists for the 2012 Lott IMPACT Trophy. They are Georgia Linebacker Jarvis Jones, Notre Dame Linebacker Manti Teo, Stanford Linebacker Chase Thomas and Kansas State Linebacker Arthur Brown. The winner will be announced at the annual Lott IMPACT Trophy banquet Dec. 9 at the Pacific Club in Newport Beach. The event will be televised live by FOX Sports, beginning at 7 p.m. PST, and the keynote speaker will be former Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice. The award goes to the defensive player who has had the biggest IMPACT on his team, both on and off the field. The IMPACT acronym is Integrity, Maturity, Performance, Academics, Community and Tenacity. All four players are on some of the elite teams in the nation. Georgia is 11-1 and headed to the SEC Championship Game against Alabama this weekend; Notre Dame is 12-0 and ranked No. 1 in the country; Stanford is 10-2 and will play UCLA Friday for a berth in the Rose Bowl and Kansas State is 10-1. All four teams are ranked in the Top 8 in the nation Notre Dame at 1, Georgia at 3, Kansas State at 6 and Stanford at 8. Despite missing two games with an injury, Jones has 19.5 tackles for loss and 10.5 sacks. Teo is second in the country with seven interceptions and leads the Irish in tackles with 103. Thomas has 12.5 tackles for loss, two fumble recoveries and 5.5 sacks. Brown leads Kansas State with 80 tackles. Each of the finalists has been highly recommended by their universities, citing their strong academic work, community involvement and team leadership roles. The IMPACT Foundation will award 25,000 to the general scholarship fund of the winners university with each of the runnerups school receiving 5,000. Previous winners of the Lott IMPACT Trophy: 2004 David Pollack, Georgia 2005 DeMeco Ryans, Alabama 2006 Dante Hughes, Cal 2007 Glenn Dorsey, LSU 2008 James Laurinaitis, Ohio State 2009 Jerry Hughes, TCU 2010 J.J. Watt, Wisconsin 2011 Luke Kuechly, Boston College Named after Pro Football Hall of Fame member, Ronnie Lott, The Lott IMPACT Trophy is awarded to college footballs 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. Voters for the award include selected members of the national media, previous finalists, the Board of Directors of the Pacific Club IMPACT Foundation and a distinguished group of former college football head coaches. To date, the Foundation has donated more than 850,000 to various charities throughout the country. For more information on The Lott Trophy visit: www.LottTrophy.com.
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