They are (in alphabetical order): Emmanuel Acho of Texas, Dont'a Hightower of Alabama, Luke Kuechly of
The award goes to the defensive player who has had the biggest IMPACT on his team, both on and off the field. The IMPACT acronym is Integrity, Maturity, Performance, Academics, Community and Tenacity.
"These are outstanding football players, who represent their universities with distinction and honor," Hall of Famer
The eighth annual Lott IMPACT Trophy awards banquet, where the 2011 winner will be announced, will be Dec. 11 at the Pacific Club in Newport Beach.
Hall of Fame broadcaster Brent Musburger will be the keynote speaker.
The IMPACT Foundation will award $25,000 to the general scholarship fund of the winner's university with each of the runners-up's school receiving $5,000.
The banquet will be televised live on FOX Sports, starting at 6 p.m.
— From staff reports
UCI alumni competes
LA QUINTA —A trio of
Mike Lavery fired a five-under-par round of 67 and is tied for 10th place in the 172-player field. He played the Nicklaus Tournament Course and carded six birdies and one bogey.
Sean Shahi shot 70 with three birdies and a bogey to tie for 61st place, also on the Nicklaus Tournament Course.
John Chin had a one-over 73 on the Stadium Course and is in 126th place.
The final stage is being conducted at the Nicklaus Tournament & Stadium courses through Monday. The last three rounds will be televised on the
Lavery, who played at UCI from 1999-2003, won the 2003
Shahi earned All-Big West Conference honors each of his three years with the 'Eaters (2007-09). He was runner-up to Chin in the 2008 Big West Championship.
As a senior at UCI, Chin ranked No. 1 in the final 2010 Golfstat Cup with a 70.05 average and he finished first in four tournaments. He had 11 top-10 finishes, including eight top-5s.
Chin was a 2010 Golfweek and PING All-America First Team (first in UCI's
He was a three-time Big West Conference Golfer of the Year and two-time medalist at the Big West Conference Championship, including in 2010 when he won the 54-hole tournament by nine shots.
Chin was a member of the 2010 United States Palmer Cup team that defeated Europe, 13-11, in Northern Ireland.