NEWPORT BEACH, Calif. – Aidan Hutchinson of Michigan won the Lott IMPACT Trophy as the college defensive player having the biggest influence on his team Sunday night.
The senior defensive end earned the honor a night after finishing runner-up for the Heisman Trophy.
Hall of Fame safety Ronnie Lott presented Hutchinson with the award at the Pacific Club in Newport Beach. It goes to a player with strong academic work, community involvement and team leadership.
Hutchinson set a Michigan season record with 14 sacks in leading the Wolverines to a 12-1 record and the Big Ten title. He’s the second Wolverines player to win the Lott Trophy, joining Jabrill Peppers in 2016.
Michigan will receive $25,000 for its general scholarship fund.
Hutchinson beat out Devin Lloyd of Utah and Georgia teammates Nakobe Dean and Jordan Davis. Each of those schools will receive $5,000 for their scholarship fund.
Hutchinson and the second-ranked Wolverines will play No. 3 Georgia in the College Football Playoff semifinals on Dec. 31 in Miami.
A national panel of more than 300 former college coaches, players and media members voted on the award.