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Dec. 10, 2006
NEWPORT BEACH, Ca.
Cornerback Daymeion Hughes of Cal was named the winner of the third annual Lott Trophy Sunday night at The Pacific Club in Newport Beach.
Hughes is a 6-2, 185-pound senior from Los Angeles. His eight interceptions were second most in the country and he was the Pac-10 Defensive Player of the Year.
Hughes was prese
nted the trophy by Ronnie Lott, the Hall of Fame defensive back who starred at USC and was an All-Pro in the NFL.
The other finalists were Quinn Pitcock of Ohio State and Paul Posluszny of Penn State.
In its third year, The Lott Trophy honors the college football Defensive IMPACT Player of the Year. The student-athlete is judged on both his on-field performance and his off-field performance. The Lott Trophy is the first sports award based on personal character and is appropriately named after the legendary defensive back, Ronnie Lott. The first two winners were David Pollack of Georgia and DeMeco Ryans of Alabama.
Hughes’ off-field resume includes his work as a volunteer coach at a youth camp in his hometown of Los Angeles, his leadership in a team Bible study, his academic excellence (nearly 3.0 as an art major), his donations of food to homeless in the Bay Area and his work as an aspiring artist.
Voting for the winner was conducted by Ernst & Young with ballots being sent to college offensive and defensive coordinators, national media, The Pacific Club IMPACT Foundation Board of Directors, a Board of Advisors made up of former NFL players and coaches and Master Coaches.
Cal will receive $25,000 from The Pacific Club's IMPACT Foundation for its general scholarship fund.