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Iowa's Morris advances to next level of Lott IMPACT Trophy
November 16, 2013 - Andy Heintz
James Morris’ run at the 2013 Lott IMPACT Trophy has reached the next level.
The Solon, Iowa, senior linebacker has been named one of nine finalists during an announcement made Wednesday by the Pacific Club IMPACT Foundation.
IMPACT is an acronym for integrity, maturity, performance, academics, community and tenacity. The institution of the Lott IMPACT Trophy Award will receive $25,000 for its general scholarship fund, while the institutions of the four runnerups will receive $5,000.
Five finalists will be announced Nov. 25 with all five players asked to attend the 10th annual Lott IMPACT Trophy Banquet at the Pacific Club in Newport Beach, Calif., on Sunday, Dec. 8.
Morris is the first Hawkeye football player to be named as a semifinalist for the award. Chad Greenway and Abdul Hodge were both quarterfinalists in 2005.
Morris has been named a 2013 National Football Foundation National Scholar-Athlete and has been named to the CoSIDA/Capital One District VI Academic All-America team for a second straight year.
Morris has totaled 374 career tackles to rank seventh on Iowa’s career chart. Morris was named Big Ten defensive Player of the Week for his play in Iowa’s win at Minnesota and the overtime win over Northwestern in Kinnick Stadium. He had 13 tackles in Iowa’s contest at Ohio State.
Through 10 games, he ranks second on the team with 81 tackles. He leads the team in sacks (5-22) and shares the team lead in tackles for loss (10-34) and interceptions (3).
The semifinal list includes six linebackers, two defensive linemen and one defensive back. Morris is one of three Big Ten Conference players among the semifinalists.
Along with the National Voter Panel, college football fans can now influence The Lott IMPACT Trophy winner by voting online. Go online at http://www.lottimpacttrophy.org/vote or http://www.facebook.com/lotttrophy to cast your vote. The voting deadline is Nov. 22.
The Hawkeyes, who were idle this weekend, host Michigan Nov. 23 (TBA) in Kinnick Stadium in their final home game and travel to Nebraska (11 a.m., ABC) Friday, Nov. 29. The Hawkeyes are bowl eligible for the 12th time in 13 seasons.
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