Oregon State linebacker Hamilcar Rashed Jr. was one of 42 players from around college football named to the 2020 Lott IMPACT Trophy Award watch list released on Thursday, an accolade given to the defensive player with the biggest “IMPACT” on his team, both on-and-off the field. The trophy has been handed out annually since 2004 by the the Pacific Club IMPACT Foundation.
According to an official release, “The Lott IMPACT Trophy, which has raised more than $1.6 million for scholarships and other youth-related charities throughout the country, is the only major college football award where the character of the nominee is considered. IMPACT stands for Integrity, Maturity, Performance, Academics, Community and Tenacity.”
Rashed Jr. shares his place on the list with fifteen other linebackers and seven other talents from the Pac-12, headlined by California linebacker Kuony Deng, Colorado linebacker Nate Landman, Oregon edge talent Kayvon Thibodeaux, Stanford cornerback Paulson Adebo, UCLA defensive back Quentin Lake, USC safety Talanoa Hufanga and Washington defensive end Levi Onwuzurike.
Past recipients of the trophy include current ESPN analyst and former Georgia linebacker David Pollack (2004), who claimed the inaugural accolade, as well as California’s Dante Hughes (2006), Wisconsin’s JJ Watt (2010), Boston College’s Luke Kuechly (2011), Notre Dame’s Manti Te’o (2012), UCLA’s Anthony Barr (2013), UCLA’s Eric Kendricks (2014) and Auburn’s Derrick Brown (2019), last season’s winner.
A rising senior, Rashed Jr. tallied 62 tackles, 22.5 tackles for loss, 14 sacks and forced 2 fumbles in 2019, as the unequivocal leader of Oregon State’s defense.