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    Jeff Backes, Tim McGarigle Named to 2005 Lott Trophy Watch List

    NUSPORTSDOTCOM Tim McGarigle, along with teammate Jeff Backes, is one of 42 players on the Lott Trophy preseason watch list.
    NUSPORTSDOTCOM
    Tim McGarigle, along with teammate Jeff Backes, is one of 42 players on the Lott Trophy preseason watch list.
    NUSPORTSDOTCOM

    April 18, 2005

    NEWPORT BEACH, Calif. -- Northwestern defensive back Jeff Backes and linebacker Tim McGarigle are two of 42 players who have been named to the 2005 Lott Trophy Watch List, announced Monday.

    Backes is a 2004 ESPN The Magazine first-team Academic All-American and McGarigle a 2004 first-team All-Big Ten selection.

    Backes totaled 45 tackles, nine pass deflections and an interception last year. He also starred as a special teams returner, scoring touchdowns on both a kickoff (97 yards) and punt (73 yards) return in Big Ten play.

    McGarigle led the nation in solo tackles last year and is college football's top returning tackler. He averaged 12.6 tackles per game. McGarigle earned national player of the week honors for his 21-tackle effort vs. Purdue.

    Named after Hall of Famer Ronnie Lott, The Trophy goes to the college defensive player of the year who has the biggest IMPACT both on and off the field.

    Georgia's David Pollack won the inaugural award last year. Sponsored by the IMPACT Foundation of The Pacific Club, the award is given to a player who exhibits the same characteristics that Lott embodied during his distinguished career: Integrity, Maturity, Performance, Academics, Community and Tenacity. It is the only college award that is based on both performance and character.

    The inaugural banquet featured an array of football luminaries, including Lott, Marcus Allen, Bill Walsh, John Robinson and Pat Haden. Pollack and the other two finalists -- Derrick Johnson of Texas and Jim Leonhard of Wisconsin -- were also in attendance.

    THE LOTT TROPHY FACT SHEET
    AWARD: The Lott Trophy
    NAMED AFTER: Hall of Famer Ronnie Lott
    CRITERIA: The award is given to the college defensive player who exhibits the same characteristics that Lott embodied during his distinguished career: Integrity, Maturity, Performance, Academics, Community and Tenacity.
    SPONSOR: The IMPACT Foundation of the Pacific Club in Newport Beach, Calif.
    VOTERS: A panel of national voters, including collegiate offensive and defensive coordinators, former NFL coaches and players, media and the Board of Directors of The IMPACT Foundation.
    YEARS IN EXISTENCE: This is the second year for The Lott Trophy.
    2004 WINNER: David Pollack of Georgia (the other two finalists were Derrick Johnson of Texas and Jim Leonhard of Wisconsin)
    BANQUET: The second annual Lott Trophy Banquet will be Dec. 11, 2005 at The Pacific Club in Newport Beach.
    DONATIONS: The IMPACT Foundation of the Pacific Club made three donations last year: $25,000 to the general scholarship fund at the University of Georgia, $25,000 to the Boys and Girls Club of America; and $25,000 to the Pat Tillman Foundation.

    2005 Lott Trophy Watch List
    Jahmile Addae, S, West Virginia
    Jason Allen, DB, Tennessee
    Jeff Backes, DB, Northwestern
    Darnell Bing, S, USC
    H.B. Blades, LB, Pittsburgh
    Trent Bray, LB, Oregon State
    Ahmad Brooks, LB, Virginia
    Darrell Brooks, S, Arizona
    Daniel Bullocks, S, Nebraska
    Nick Bunting, LB, Tulsa
    Will Derting, LB, Washington State
    Chad Greenway, LB, Iowa
    Charles Gordon, DB, Kansas
    Spencer Havner, LB, UCLA
    A.J. Hawk, LB, Ohio State
    Eric Henderson, DE, Georgia Tech
    Abdul Hodge, LB, Iowa
    Brandon Hoyte, LB, Notre Dame
    Tom Hubbard, S, Colorado
    D'Qwell Jackson, LB, Maryland
    Tommy Jackson, DL, Auburn
    Mathias Kiwanuka, DL, Boston College
    Justin London, LB, UCLA
    Jesse Mahelona, DL, Tennessee
    Shane MacIntyre, LB, Montana
    Donnie McCleskey, S, California
    Tim McGarigle, LB, Northwestern
    Quentin Moses, DE, Georgia
    Moses Osemwegie, LB, Vanderbilt
    Nick Reid, LB, Kansas
    DeMeco Ryans, LB, Alabama
    Kevin Schimmelmann, LB, Stanford
    Brennan Schmidt, DL, Virginia
    Jon Sumrall, LB, Kentucky
    Dhyan Tarver, S, Army
    Morris Virgil, S, Illinois
    Gabe Watson, DL, Michigan
    Jamar Williams, LB, Arizona State
    Jimmy Williams, DB, Virginia Tech
    Travis Williams, LB, Auburn
    Rodrique Wright, DT, Texas
    Claude Wroten, DL, LSU