May 18, 2017
Navy senior outside linebacker and co-captain D.J. Palmore
has been named one of 42 candidates for the Lott Impact Trophy. Named after Pro Football Hall of Fame member, Ronnie Lott, The Lott IMPACT Trophy is awarded to college football’s 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.
Palmore, a three-year letter winner and two-year starter for the Mids, was elected co-captain by his teammates for the 2017 season, which is the highest honor a Navy football player can receive. Palmore has started 25 of the last 26 contests and led the Mids in both sacks (six) and tackles for a loss (11.5) last year while being named First-Team All-East. In three seasons, Palmore has accumulated 99 career tackles, eight sacks and 16.5 tackles for a loss. Palmore is also an excellent student, who earned a 3.20 grade point average during the spring.
Palmore is the only Service Academy player on the list and one of three players from the American Athletic Conference joining Sean Chandler of Temple and Ed Oliver of Houston.
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 $1.1 million to various charities throughout the country. The 14th annual Lott IMPACT Trophy Awards will be held Dec. 10th at The Pacific Club in Newport Beach, California. For more information on The Lott Trophy visit: www.LottImpactTrophy.org.