Cooper named to the Lott Impact Trophy watchlist

AMES, Iowa – Iowa State junior defensive back Jeremiah Kuiper has been named one of the 42 candidates for the Lott IMPACT Trophy. The candidates for the trophy, in their 21st yearst season, were named to the list Thursday during a luncheon in Newport Beach, California.

The watch list consists of 18 defensive backs, 13 defensive linemen and 11 linebackers. Cooper is one of seven Big 12 players on the list.

The Lott Trophy, named after former NFL Hall of Fame star Ronnie Lott, is awarded annually to the Defensive IMPACT Player of the Year, a player who has had the greatest impact on his team both on and off the field. IMPACT stands for Integrity, Maturity, Performance, Academics, Community and Tenacity, all characteristics that Lott displayed during his illustrious playing career.

An El Paso, Texas, native and product of Andress High School, Cooper finished second among Big 12 players and sixth nationally with five interceptions despite missing a pair of games due to injury. He ranked fourth nationally in passes defensed per game (1.4) and finished the season with 15 total passes defended, including 10 pass breakups.

Cooper earned First Team All-Big 12 honors from the coaches and Associated Press in 2023 and was Big 12 Defensive Player of the Week after two interceptions, including one returned 58 yards for a touchdown, against UNI.

He also scored 45 tackles last season.

The annual winner is chosen by a national panel of voters consisting of past winners, members of the media, coaches and members of The IMPACT Foundation’s Board of Directors. The winner will be announced at a gala, black-tie event at The Pacific Club in Newport Beach, California on December 8.

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