Columbia, Mo. - University of Missouri senior linebacker Sean Weatherspoon (Jasper, Texas) has been named the Lott Trophy IMPACT Player of the Week, for his outstanding performance in last Saturday's 36-17 win at Colorado. Weatherspoon led an impressive defensive performance for Mizzou, with a game-high 12 tackles as the Tigers held Colorado to negative-14 yards rushing overall, and just 176 yards of total offense in the win.
Weatherspoon had a huge play in the fourth quarter when he made a stop for a loss on a CU 4th-and-1 attempt from the MU 13-yardline. With the Buffaloes trying to close the margin to just one score (MU led, 33-17 at the time), Weatherspoon burst through the line to tackle Colorado RB Rodney Stewart for a two-yard loss to give the ball back to the Tigers. He also had four of his tackles in the fourth quarter as the Tigers maintained their lead to notch a Big 12 road win which kept them in contention for their third consecutive Big 12 North Division title.
Weatherspoon, a Lott Trophy quarter-finalist the past two years who was an Associated Press 3rd-Team All-American in 2008, now has 73 tackles on the season to lead the team and 375 in his career, which is currently 5th-best on the school career chart. Missouri will receive $1,000 for its general scholarship fund in recognition of Weatherspoon's award.
"Weatherspoon is a big, agile linebacker who has been a standout for the past two seasons," said former Washington Coach Don James, a member of the Legends Coaches who selected the Player of the Week. "His steady play against Colorado kept the Buffaloes' offense stymied all day long."
Named after Hall of Famer Ronnie 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 first college football award to equally recognize athletic performance and the personal character attributes of the player.
Sponsored by The Pacific Club IMPACT Foundation in Newport Beach, the award is given to the player who exhibits the same characteristics Lott embodied during his distinguished career: Integrity, Maturity, Performance, Academics, Community and Tenacity.
Voters for the award include selected members of the national media, previous finalists, the Board of Directors of the IMPACT Foundation, the IMPACT Foundation Board of Advisors comprised of retired NFL players and the Legends Coaches, a distinguished group of former college head coaches.