Dizon Named to Lott Trophy Watch List

Courtesy: Erich Schubert, Graduate Assistant SID
Release: April 02, 2007
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BOULDERUniversity of Colorado senior linebacker Jordon Dizon is among 42 of the top defensive players in the nation to be named to the 2007 Lott Trophy Watch List, announced Monday.

 

            Dizon finished the 2006 season with 137 total tackles, four sacks and 17 third down stops, earning him second team Big 12 honors. In the season finale against Nebraska, he recorded 19 tackles (nine solo), including two for losses. He was also named second team Academic All-Big 12.

 

            “He’s a fourth-year starter and I’m expecting his best season yet,” linebackers coach Brian Cabral said. “He’s played in a lot of big games and has made a lot of plays for us.”

 

            The Lott Trophy, named after Hall-of-Famer Ronnie Lott, is awarded to college football’s defensive impact player of the year. The award equally recognizes athletic performance and the personal character attributes of the player.

 

            Expected to be the heart and soul of the Buffalo defense in 2007, Dizon has always exhibited a passion matched by few who man his position. Last season he won the team’s Tom McMahon Award, given to the player who demonstrates exemplary dedication and work ethic.

 

            Currently 14th on CU’s all-time tackles list, Dizon would move into the top four all-time with another tackle output like 2006. That’s pretty good company considering the pedigree of linebackers CU has produced.

 

            So where does his position coach think he stacks up against some of CU’s all-time linebacker greats like Barry Remington, Matt Russell, Greg BiekertKanavis McGhee and Alfred Williams?  

 

            “Not many of those guys have started for four years,” Cabral said. “So he’s up there.”

 

Monday Practice Notes: Head coach Dan Hawkins said he started prepping his team for the second half of spring practices by text messaging them on Friday and a lot on Sunday. "I thought they did a good job," Hawkins said. "Traditionally after Spring Break, its tough sledding. They ran around, we got some stuff out of them and we practiced well." Over Spring Break, Hawkins visited the University of Florida for three days where head coach Urban Meyer was conducting spring practices with the National Champion Florida Gators. "I think it's really good to just get out and compare notes and see how other people do things," Hawkins said. "Sometimes in your profession you end up gravitating toward guys that seem to march to the same drummer; he's solid--he's a good guy and a good coach." The Buffs will practice from about 5:00-7:15 Tuesday and Thursday this week before scrimmaging again on Saturday.

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