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Yetur Gross-Matos Named To LOTT Impact Watch List

Watch list season already?!

NCAA Football: Iowa at Penn State Matthew O’Haren-USA TODAY Sports

We’re slowly but surely inching toward the 2019 college football season and nothing proves that more than the release of award watch lists.

On Monday, Penn State junior defensive end Yetur-Gross Matos was named to the watch list for the LOTT Impact Trophy, honoring the top defensive player in college football who makes the biggest impact for his team, both on and off the field. The award is given to a distinguished young man who represents the qualities embodied by Hall of Famer Ronnie Lott – Integrity, Maturity, Performance, Academics, Community and Tenacity. Penn State’s Carl Nassib won the award in 2015.

Gross-Matos was first-team All-Big Ten selection by the media a year going, finishing the season second in the Big Ten and No. 12 in FBS with 1.5 tackles for loss per game. He was also eighth in the Big Ten and No. 47 nationally in sacks per game with 0.62.

Gross-Matos became the 11th Nittany Lion to record 20 tackles for loss in a season and He is tied with Bruce Clark, Todd Atkins, LaVar Arrington and Aaron Maybin for eighth place on Penn State’s season tackles for loss list.

All numbers provided via Penn State athletics, you can read the full press release on his nomination here.