Defensive tackle Akheem Mesidor, who transferred from West Virginia to Miami citing a need for a “better environment,” has been named to the Lott Impact Tophy watch list. The award was created to honor “college football’s defensive best in character and performance.”
Mesidor is coming off his sophomore year at West Virginia in which he was named to All-Big 12 3rd team, All-Big 12 Academic 2nd team and the Big 12 Honor Roll. The 6-foot-2, 272-pound Canadian from Ottawa, Ontario has 70 career tackles, 9.5 career sacks and 14.5 career tackles-for-loss.
Mesidor transferred from West Virginia back in March citing that he has felt unsafe on campus.
“I have decided to transfer for my overall well-being and in pursuit of a better environment for my development on and off the field,” said Mesidor in a statement at the time.
It’s still unknown as to what Mesidor was referring to, and even West Virginia head coach Neal Brown was surprised by the decision for Mesidor to transfer, at the time.
“I was surprised, I would even say very surprised. I love the kid, so I’m not angry about it. I’m not upset,” said Brown.
Mesidor was one of 19 players to transfer from West Virginia this offseason, the most in the Big12.