If Ohio State’s defense is going to deliver the turnaround the team hopes and debates each season, the Buckeyes are going to need players from last year’s team who play better. As it turns out, Scarlett and Gray have had a number of better-playing linebackers this year, due to changes in coaching and scheme, but also because of their experience as sophomore contributors.
There may be no better example of this than the linebacker Tommy Eichenberg. The soft-spoken adult let his game do the talking this year and transformed into one of the best defensemen in college football in his sophomore season.
On Tuesday, tPacific Club IMPACT has selected four finalists for 2022 The Lott IMPACT Award, which is given annually to The student athlete who displays the best characteristics Ronnie Lott by making an impact (Short for Integrity, Maturity, Performance, Academics, Community, and Perseverance) on and off the field. Eichenberg, who was not named the Butkus Award finalist, made this list. The other three finalists are defensive linemen from Alabama Will Anderson Jr.Kansas State defensive end Felix Anodic-Ozuma And USC is a defensive lineman Contact Tuiplutu.
Having recorded 64 total tackles a year ago, Eichenberg leads the Ohio State defense this season with 105 total tackles, 39 more than the next closest Buckeye. He is tied for 16th in the country in total tackles and 19th in total tackles per game, but Eichenberg is tied for third nationally in solo tackles with 67. Raekwon Macmillan in 2016.
In addition, the Cleveland, Ohio native has 12 tackles for loss, 2.5 sacks, two passes defensed, and one touchdown that he returned for a touchdown. According to Pro Football Focus, Eichenberg is tied for the 10th best football player around the country.
Named captain this season, Eichenberg also stepped up as captain of this crimson-and-gray defense. Although not saying much, his teammates have praised how Eichenberg helped lead this group into one of the best units in the country.
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Ohio State’s only previous Lott IMPACT Cup winner in its 18-year history was a linebacker James Laurinaitis In 2008. Safety Jordan Fullernow with the Los Angeles Rams, was the most recent Buckeyes finalist for the award in 2020.
These four finalists for the Lott IMPACT Cup He will be attending the annual Lott IMPACT® Trophy Show on Sunday, December 11, 2022, in Newport Beach, California where the winner will be announced. The Lott IMPACT Prize winner’s university will receive $25,000 for its Public Scholarship Fund while three finalists will receive $5,000 for each of their schools.