Virginia Football Notes: Kiser A Lott Trophy Finalist, Nelson Gets ACC DROY Honors

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Virginia football senior linebacker Micah Kiser is a finalist for the Campbell Trophy, the Senior CLASS, and the Lott IMPACT awards. Photo Courtesy Matt Riley/Virginia Athletics Media Relations

Virginia football senior linebacker Micah Kiser is a finalist for the Lott IMPACT Trophy, an award established by The Pacific Club IMPACT Foundation in honor of NFL Hall of Fame safety Ronnie Lott.

According to the Lott IMPACT Trophy official website, the award is given “annually to individuals who demonstrate excellence in the field of athletics and recognizes college football’s Defensive Player of the Year who best exemplifies the IMPACT acronym: Integrity, Maturity, Performance, Academics, Community and Tenacity.”

Past winners included Jabril Peppers (2016), Luke Kuechly (2011) and J.J. Watt (2010). Former UVA defensive end Chris Long was a finalist for the award in 2007.

Alabama safety Minkah Fitzpatrick, Iowa linebacker Josey Jewell and Stanford defensive lineman Harrison Phillips round out this year’s list of finalists. The winner will be announced on Sunday, December 10.

Hoos Select Senior Bowl Invites

Virginia football announced that Kiser, senior quarterback Kurt Benkert, and senior defensive end Andrew Brown have accepted invitations to the 2018 Reese’s Senior Bowl.

The event is set for January 27, 2018, and will be played at Ladd-Peebles Stadium in Mobile, Alabama. The NFL Network will televise.

Nelson The ACC Defensive Rookie Of The Year

Of all of Virginia football’s postseason accolades, perhaps the most emotional was the ACC Defensive Rookie of the Year award won by redshirt freshman safety Brenton Nelson.

Nelson, who will receive the award on December 1, arrived in Charlottesville as a walk-on. The Miami (FL) native earned a scholarship last offseason and has started all 12 games for the Hoos this season, totaling 58 tackles (31 solo), six pass deflections, and four interceptions.

Nelson received 29 votes in ACC Defensive Rookie of the Year voting. Clemson defensive back A.J. Terrell finished second with 20 votes. Boston College running back A.J. Dillon won overall Rookie of the Year and Offensive Rookie of the Year honors.

Nelson took to Twitter to express his excitement. Teammates and coaches did as well.

Bowl Projections

At 6-6, Virginia football is set to go bowling for the first time since 2011. Below is a sampling of projections as to where the Cavaliers may be headed.

Athlon Sports: Military Bowl presented by Northrop Grumman (Dec. 28 in Annapolis, MD) vs. Navy

CBS Sports: Quick Lane Bowl (Dec. 26 in Detroit, MI) vs. Western Michigan

ESPN: Military Bowl vs. South Florida (per Kyle Bonagura) or Navy (per David Hale)

Sports Illustrated – Quick Lane Bowl vs Central Michigan

Yahoo Sports – Military Bowl vs. Navy

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