Ohio State safety Jordan Fuller was named Wednesday as one of 20 quarterfinalists for the Lott IMPACT Trophy, an award that recognizes one of college football's top defensive players who makes the biggest IMPACT – an acronym standing for Integrity, Maturity, Performance, Academics, Community and Tenacity – for his team on and off the field.
Fuller was also named Tuesday as the Lott IMPACT Trophy's player of the week for his performance in Ohio State's 34-10 win over Michigan State, in which he had seven tackles and an interception (that he returned for a touchdown but was nullified by an illegal block penalty against Baron Browning).
A second-year captain, Fuller leads the Buckeyes with 32 total tackles and has recorded two interceptions this season. He's played just about every meaningful snap through Ohio State's first six games at the deep safety position. Off the field, Fuller has earned Academic All-American and Big Ten Distinguished Scholar honors and is on track to graduate with a degree in marketing in December, while he is also involved in multiple on-campus organizations.
The winner of this year's Lott IMPACT Trophy will be announced on Dec. 15. Former Ohio State linebacker James Laurinaitis won the award in 2008.