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Trojans linebacker Su'a Cravens on watchlist for Lott trophy

Trojans linebacker Su'a Cravens on watchlist for Lott trophy
USC linebacker Su'a Cravens waits for Notre Dame to snap the ball during a game on Oct. 19, 2013, in South Bend, Ind. (Jonathan Daniel / Getty Images)

USC linebacker Su’a Cravens is among 42 players on the preseason watchlist for the Lott IMPACT Trophy.

Cravens, a junior, was All-Pac-12 last season. He was selected to several Freshman All-American teams as a safety in 2013.

The 6-foot-1, 225-pound Cravens had a team-best 17 tackles for losses, including five sacks, last season. He also intercepted three passes, returning one for a touchdown.

The Lott IMPACT Trophy, awarded since 2004, recognizes the defensive impact player of the year. It is named in honor of former USC All-American Ronnie Lott, a pro football Hall of Famer.

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A USC player has not won the award.

UCLA linebacker Anthony Barr won in 2013, and Bruins linebacker Eric Kendricks in 2014.

Follow Gary Klein on Twitter @LATimesKlein

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