NEWPORT BEACH, Calif. – Duke redshirt senior cornerback Bryon Fields Jr. has earned a place on the 2016 Lott IMPACT Trophy Watch List, according to an announcement by the Pacific Club IMPACT Foundation. Fields Jr. is one of 42 student-athlete nominees for the 14th annual Lott IMPACT Trophy, which honors the top defensive player in college football who makes the biggest impact for his team, both on and off the field.
A three-time Academic All-ACC selection, Fields Jr. is the lone returning starter in Duke’s secondary in 2017 after finishing the 2016 campaign with 30 tackles, 0.5 tackle for lost yardage, two interceptions, six pass breakups, eight passes defended and two caused fumbles. In 39 career games, the Charlotte, N.C., native has compiled 142 tackles, 4.0 tackles for loss, 1.0 quarterback sack, three interceptions, one fumble recovery, two caused fumbles and 14 pass breakups.
In 2015, Duke safety Jeremy Cash, a current member of the Carolina Panthers, was a finalist for the award. The year before, linebacker David Helton was a finalist.
Named after Pro Football Hall of Fame member Ronnie Lott, The Lott IMPACT Trophy is the first and only college football award to equally recognize athletic performance and the personal character attributes of the player.