Spartan senior linebacker Greg Jones has proven worthy of many awards during his career including earning consensus All-American honors and Big Ten Defensive Player of the Year status. Earning the Lott Trophy would place Jones in some special company as only one Big Ten players has won the award (James Laurinaitis – Ohio State – 2008).
Michigan State linebacker Greg Jones, last season's Big Ten Defensive Player of the Year, has been named to the watch list for the 2010 Lott Trophy, presented annually to the country's top defensive player.
Named after Hall of Famer Ronnie Lott, and sponsored by the Pacific Club IMPACT Foundation, the Lott Trophy is give to a player who exhibits the same characteristics Lott embodied during his distinguished career; Integrity, Maturity, Performance, Academics, Community and Tenacity.
The panel of voters for the award includes selected members of the national media, previous finalists, members of the Pacific Club INPACT Foundation Board of Directors, the Legends Coaches and distinguished alumni of various schools around the nation.
The 6-foot-1, 228-pound Jones (Cincinnati, Ohio/Moeller) enters his final collegiate season as one of the most decorated Spartans of all time having earned Freshman All-American honors and following that up with All Big Ten honors as a sophomore and junior.
Last season Jones was named a consensus First-Team All-American and the Big Ten Conferences Defensive Player of the Year (Media).
With 359 career tackles, Jones enters the season eighth in school history and should move up that list if he can continue the pace he's set since arriving on campus in 2007.
The competition will be tough but Jones should be considered one of the players to watch with the expected season many feel he's set to achieve.