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Micah Kiser named a quarterfinalist for 2016 Lott IMPACT Trophy

The junior linebacker gets recognized for his on- and off-field performance.

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Each year, the Lott IMPACT Trophy is awarded to the best college defensive players in the nation who also makes the biggest IMPACT on their team, both on and off the team. They describe themselves as the only award in the country that equally recognized athletic performance as well as the personal attributes of a player.

IMPACT is an acronym for Integrity, Maturity, Performance, Academics, Community and Tenacity.

This year, Virginia ILB Micah Kiser has been named one of 19 quarterfinalists. Through seven games, Kiser leads the team with 77 tackles — 6th best in the country in this category — including 36 solo and a team-leading 41 assists. He’s registered 5.5 tackles for losses and a team-high 3.5 sacks on the season.

Semifinalists will be announced on November 9, before the field is narrowed to just four finalists on November 30. The winner will be announced on December 11. Each of the schools of the finalists will receive $5,000 for their general scholarship fund while the school of the winner will receive $25,000.