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Georgia inside linebacker Nakobe Dean (17) was awarded the 2021 Butkus Award at the Butts-Mehre Heritage Hall in Athens, Ga., on Sunday, Dec. 5, 2021. (Photo by Tony Walsh)

ATHENS, Ga. — Georgia senior defensive lineman Jordan Davis and junior linebacker Nakobe Dean have been named two of four finalists for the 2021 Lott IMPACT Trophy, according to an announcement from the Pacific Club IMPACT Foundation.

Davis, a native of Charlotte, N.C., and Dean, a native of Horn Lake, Miss., join Michigan senior defensive lineman Aidan Hutchinson and Utah senior linebacker Devin Lloyd as the four finalists.  The Lott IMPACT Trophy goes to the defensive IMPACT (Integrity, Maturity, Performance, Academics, Community, and Tenacity) player of the year.


Former Bulldog All-American and College Football Hall of Fame inductee David Pollack won the inaugural Lott Trophy in 2004.  Since then, Jarvis Jones (2012) has also been a finalist for the honor.


This year’s Lott winner will be announced Dec. 12 in Newport Beach, Calif.

Davis and Dean have helped Georgia (12-1, 8-0 SEC) lead the nation in scoring defense (9.5 points per game), rank second in total defense (254.3 yards per game) and third nationally in rushing defense (81.7 ypg).  Davis anchors the interior line with 28 tackles, 3.5 tackles for loss and 2.0 sacks while Dean is tied for the team lead with 61 stops, including a team-leading 8.5 tackles for loss and five sacks and has two interceptions and a forced fumble.


Davis was a finalist for the Bronko Nagurski Trohpy and is a finalist for the Walter Camp Player of the Year Award, the Outland Trophy, the Chuck Bednarik Award and the Senior CLASS Award (  The winners of the Walter Camp, Outland and Bednarik awards will be announced live on Thursday during the 31st annual Home Depot College Football Awards Show on ESPN from 7-9 pm ET.


Dean has already secured the 2021 Butkus Award, was a finalist for the Wuerffel Trophy and was captain of the Allstate AFCA Good Works Team.  In addition, Dean was named to the SEC Community Service Team.

The No. 3 Bulldogs will face No. 2 Michigan in a College Football Playoff Semifinal in the Capital One Orange Bowl on Dec. 31.  Kickoff at Hard Rock Stadium in Miami Gardens, Fla., will be at 7:30 p.m. on ESPN.