The Watch List is made up of 42 of the nation's top defensive players who have had the biggest IMPACT (Integrity, Maturity, Performance, Academics, Community and Tenacity) on their teams on and off the field.
Williams, an Academic All-American, missed last season with an injury. He led the team in tackles in 2007 with 107 and was named the Fiesta Bowl Defensive MVP. A 6-1, 228-pound senior from Moorefield, West Virginia, he has been named the Ideal Mountaineer Man by team coaches.
There are 14 repeat nominees, the most in the six years of the award, including seven quarter-finalists and one semi-finalist from a year ago.
Named after Hall of Famer Lott, The Lott Trophy is awarded to college football's Defensive IMPACT Player of the Year. Now in its sixth year, The Lott Trophy is the only college football award to equally recognize athletic performance and the personal character attributes of the player.
Voters for the award include selected members of the national media, previous finalists, the Board of Directors of the Pacific Club IMPACT Foundation, The IMPACT Foundation Board of Advisors comprised of many retired NFL players and Legends Coaches, a distinguished group of former head college coaches.
The winner will be announced at a gala black-tie banquet at The Pacific Club in Newport Beach, Ca. on December 13th, 2009.