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Marcus Allen and Jason Cabinda Named to Lott IMPACT Trophy Watch List

Only 40 other players in the nation were named to the prestigious preseason list.

NCAA Football: Army at Penn State Rich Barnes-USA TODAY Sports

When Penn State defensive end Carl Nassib won the Lott IMPACT Trophy in 2015, it was because the Pacific Club IMPACT Foundation felt he was the the college football defensive player who made the biggest impact for his team both on and off the field.

Both Marcus Allen and Jason Cabinda will have a chance to follow in Nassib’s footsteps now that they have been named to the Lott IMPACT Trophy watch list for the 2017 campaign. Both players are seniors who have already made their presence felt in the Big Ten, but both have a chance to raise their games even higher this autumn.

While Allen led the Nittany Lions in tackles last season with 110 and was named third-team All-Big Ten by the coaches, Cabinda made 81 tackles and also earned third-team honors despite missing five games due to injury. Before the 2016 campaign, Cabinda was named to the Lott IMPACT watch list before the trophy was eventually won by Michigan’s versatile playmaker Jabrill Peppers.

According to the Pacific Club IMPACT Foundation, the Lott IMPACT Trophy — named after legendary USC and NFL safety Ronnie Lott — is the first college football trophy to give equal weight to personal character and athletic performance. The word “IMPACT” is an acronym that stands for integrity, maturity, performance, academics, community, and tenacity. You can check out the full watch list for 2017 by visiting the official website.