Scales named to Lott IMPACT Trophy Watch List

The opening kickoff to Indiana’s football season is still more than three months away.

But watch list season is already in full swing.

On Wednesday, IU senior linebacker Tegray Scales was named to the watch list for the Lott IMPACT Trophy, which honors colege football’s top defensive player who also makes the biggest impact for his team, both on and off the field.

Scales is one of 17 linebackers and 42 overall student athletes named to the watch list, The Pacific Club IMPACT Foundation revealed. The award is given to “a distinguished young man who represents the qualities embodied by Hall of Famer Ronnie Lott — integry, maturity, performance, academics, community and tenacity,” according to a press release.

Last season, Scales earned second team All-America honors from SI.com, becoming the first IU linebacker recognized on an All-America team since Van Waiters in 1987.

Scales was also named the Defensive Player of the Game in the 2016 Foster Farms Bowl, and led the country with 93 solo tackles and 23.5 tackles for loss. He finished first in the Big Ten with 126 tackles and is second on Indiana’s single-season list for tackles for loss.

In addition to 17 linebackers, the Lott IMPACT Trophy watch list includes 14 defensive linemen and 11 defensive backs. The winner will be announced on Dec. 10 at the Pacific Club in Newport Beach, Calif.

7 comments

  1. Good start to season. He could have a great opportunity to leap to the head of class in first game of season.

  2. Scales should be on a lot of list as the season goes on. He was cheated by the B1G last year as they picked others on the 1st team despite Scales leading the B1G stats. I hope he has a year that destroys other offenses and doesn’t let other list miss on him this year.

  3. The hope I hold is he can cheat the injury bug again. w/o he or Ball in a multiple game stretch(he a little more than Ball)would be the biggest negative on the D side impacting a winning season. Until everything new about the offense gels the D will be expected to hold serve. With limited injuries and have 1 DE emerge from the depth chart as a true nemesis to passers or runners the IU D could drop into the top 30 against any and all comers.

  4. The Hoosiers have more gamers returning on the defensive side of the ball than I can recall in a long time.

  5. I like a pretty big surprise ( it would not be atotal surprise) from Chris Covington. Yes, IU as in its past has to stay clean of injuries. Pretty much part and goes without saying.

  6. Congratulation to Mr. Scales…..i have a question about recruiting….QB Ben Bryant was originally being recruited by IU, but he originally committed to Wisconsin…does anybody know if IU is back on his list??? A fairly good looking QB an he has a 4 star recruit ranking?? does IU have a chance??

  7. I haven’t heardanythingn about QBs IU has their eyes on and where we stand. With DeBords record of QBs getting into the NFL should bring in a good QB. We need one QB a year or two once in a while.

    IU does have more talent on the defense with the possibility of getting into the NFL. Oliver needed to stay and develop more instead of listening to the panel that doesn’t really know where they will drafted and what round. I hope Oliver gets a shot at Indy where he is now. Don’t get rid of him so fast like the Eagles did and the Texans did with Camiel. Oliver is a good tackler, able to get to the ball and knock it loose. If they look at his production at IU over the three years and see how he hawks the ball and causing Turnover or getting a Turnover. Oliver fits in with IU’s defense and play in the middle LB blitzing the QB and taking on RBs.

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