COLUMBUS, OH - SEPTEMBER 24: Ray Polk #26 of the Colorado Buffaloes brings down Jordan Hall #7 of the Ohio State Buckeyes after a big gain in the first half at Ohio Stadium on September 24, 2011 in Columbus, Ohio. Ohio State defeated Colorado 37-17. (Photo by Jamie Sabau/Getty Images)
Colorado Buffaloes senior safety Ray Polk has been named to the 2012 Lott Impact Trophy watch list with 42 other defensive players from around the country. The Lott Trophy honors the defensive impact player of the year and is unique in the way that it puts equal emphasis on personal character as well as athletic performance from a defensive college player and is the first national college football award based on the West Coast.
Ray came to Colorado as a running back prospect from Scottsdale, Arizona but quickly caught the eye of the defensive coaches. He had 80 tackles last fall, including a team-best 59 unassisted stops and has logged over 70 hours of community service at Upward Foundation that helps mentally challenged kids.
Polk is one of eight players nominated from the Pac-12 conference.