Michigan’s Aidan Hutchinson wins Lott IMPACT Trophy

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Heisman Trophy finalist Michigan defensive end Aidan Hutchinson speaks during a news conference before attending the Heisman Trophy award ceremony, Saturday, Dec. 11, 2021, in New York. (AP Photo/John Minchillo)

(AP) — 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.

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