By Chadd Cripe
© 2012 Idaho Statesman
Boise State senior linebacker J.C. Percy is one of 20 quarterfinalists for the Lott IMPACT Trophy, which goes to the defensive player who makes the biggest difference for his team on and off the field.
IMPACT is an acronym for Integrity, Maturity, Performance, Academics, Community and Tenacity.
Percy leads the Broncos with 60 tackles — 21 more than anyone else. The Broncos rank sixth in the nation in scoring defense.
Percy was a conference all-academic selection each of the past three seasons.
Semifinalists will be announced Nov. 13.
The quarterfinalists: Johnthan Banks, CB, Mississippi State; Anthony Barr, LB, UCLA; Chris Borland, LB, Wisconsin; Arthur Brown, LB, Kansas State; Max Bullough, LB, Michigan State; Travis Johnson, DE, San Jose State; Jarvis Jones, LB, Georgia; Jake Knott, LB, Iowa State; Star Lotulelei, DT, Utah; Brandon Magee, LB, Arizona State; T.J. McDonald, S, USC; Sam Montgomery, DE, LSU; J.C. Percy, LB, Boise State; Eric Reid, S, LSU; John Simon, DT, Ohio State; Mike Taylor, LB, Wisconsin; Manti Te’o, LB, Notre Dame; Chase Thomas, LB, Stanford; Bjoern Werner, DT, Florida State; Jesse Williams, DT, Alabama.
Wyoming assistant head coach Pete Kaligis, who will serve as interim coach this week against Boise State, said Tuesday he doesn’t expect his team to be distracted by the suspension of coach Dave Christensen.
“The team has taken it very well,” Kaligis said. “When it comes down to playing the game, you can’t focus on distractions on the outside. This team, with everything we’ve been through this season, they’ve done a good job of coming in and focusing every week.”
Boise State senior tailback Drew Wright returned for one play last week against UNLV. He missed the previous three games with a high ankle sprain sustained on the fake punt against BYU.
“I’m hoping to get on some special teams this week,” he said. “I’m just looking to get out there any way I can.”