The defensive back has been a national standout for the last two seasons and most recently was named a semifinalist for the Lott IMPACT Trophy.
— Hawkeye Football (@HawkeyeFootball) November 10, 2023
The trophy is given out annually to the defensive player living by their acronym.
The IMPACT award is awarded annually to individuals who demonstrate excellence in the field of athletics and recognizes college football’s Defensive Player of the Year who best exemplifies the IMPACT acronym: Integrity, Maturity, Performance, Academics, Community and Tenacity. – The Pacific Club IMPACT Foundation
This award was won by Alabama’s Will Anderson in 2022 and Michigan’s Aidan Hutchinson in 2021. This is a prestigious group to be among. Other high-profile nominees alongside DeJean this year are Colorado‘s Travis Hunter, Alabama’s Kool-Aid McKinstry and Dallas Turner, Illinois’ Jer’Zhan Newton, and Michigan’s Junior Colson.
Cooper DeJean has had an outstanding 2023 season so far. He has 41 total tackles, two interceptions, and four pass deflections. The glaring success for him isn’t necessarily in the stats but in the fear that teams show to even throw his way.
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