It’s continually becoming more difficult for Wisconsin’s Chris Borland (Sr. Kettering, Ohio) to remain grounded.
A humbled person by nature, the defensive stud has been at the root of Wisconsin’s Top 15 Ranked defense, nationally. He was honored again, Thurday by being named as a semifinalist for the Ronnie Lot IMPACT Trophy.
The Lott IMPACT Trophy has been known to be one of “the only college football award where character counts.” Named, of course, for famed defender Ronnie Lott, IMPACT is an acronym for Integrity, Maturity, Performance, Academics, Community and Tenacity. Words that have all become synonamous with Borland.
The other semifinalists are: Anthony Barr (LB, UCLA), Aaron Donald (DT, Pitt), Devon Kennard (DE, USC), James Morris (LB, Iowa), C.J. Mosley (LB, Alabama), Ed Reynolds (S, Stanford), Ryan Shazier (LB, Ohio State) and Kyle Van Noy (LB, BYU).
Going into the 2013 campaign, Borland was named to watch lists for Bednarik Award, Bronko Nagurski Trophy, Butkus Award, Lombardi Award and Lott IMPACT Trophy. He was a preseason, second-team All-America (SI.com, Phil Steele), a preseason third-team All-America (Athlon), and preseason first-team All-Big Ten (Athlon, Phil Steele, Sporting News).