Orakpo named Lott Trophy IMPACT Player of the Week
Oct. 14, 2008
AUSTIN, Texas -- Texas senior DE Brian Orakpo has been named The Lott Trophy IMPACT Player of the Week for games the week of Oct. 11, The Pacific Club IMPACT Foundation has announced. It marks the second time Orakpo has been honored with the award this season.
Orakpo earned the award in helping Texas to a 45-35 win over No.1 Oklahoma on Saturday in Dallas. Against the Sooners, he posted seven tackles, two sacks, four TFL, two pressures and a forced fumble while matching up against Oklahoma's Phil Loadholt, who earned honorable mention All-America honors last season. Orakpo had a key third-quarter sack and forced fumble on QB Sam Bradford that helped stall an OU drive and give the ball back to the Longhorns for a field goal and their first lead.
The Lott Trophy previously recognized Orakpo for his performance in Texas' 52-10 win over Arkansas. UT will receive $1,000 for its general scholarship fund in recognition of Orakpo's performance.
Orakpo, who is a member of the Lott Trophy, Bednarik Award and Nagurski Trophy watch lists, is tied for second on the team with 26 tackles (18 solo) and leads the team with eight sacks, 12 TFL, 16 pressures and three forced fumbles. Orakpo's eight sacks, 12 TFL and three forced fumbles are all tied for the second-most nationally. Including the 2007 Holiday Bowl, Orakpo has posted at least two sacks in five of UT's last seven games.
In his three seasons, Orakpo has tallied 116 tackles (80 solo), 18.5 sacks, 31 TFL, 48 pressures, six PBD, five forced fumbles and a fumble recovery in 41 games (16 starts).
Named after Hall of Famer Ronnie Lott, The Lott Trophy is awarded to college football's Defensive IMPACT Player of the Year. Now in its fifth year, The Lott Trophy is the first college football award to equally recognize athletic performance and the personal character attributes of the player.