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WVU’s Addae Garners National Defensive Honor



Redshirt Senior and safety Alonzo Addae lines up against Virginia Tech Sept. 18. (WVSN photo by Kelsie LeRose)

MORGANTOWN, W.Va. – The national award lists have been kind to the Mountaineer football team this week. Redshirt senior safety Alonzo Addae was named Lott IMPACT Trophy Defensive Player of the Week, joining fellow Mountaineer, redshirt sophomore BANDIT Jared Bartlett on the Week 3 national award stage.

Addae, who registered 10 tackles, including four solo stops and the first of WVU’s six sacks against Virginia Tech, is now the team’s third-leading tackler. He’s a sixth-year senior, after falling within the COVID eligibility guidelines, and WVU head coach Neal Brown is happy to still have him.

The Lott Trophy, named for Pro Football Hall of Famer Ronnie Lott, is given to the player who “exhibits the same characteristics Lott embodied during his distinguished career: Integrity, Maturity, Performance, Academics, Community and Tenacity. Voters for the award include selected members of the national media, previous finalists, the Board of Directors of the Pacific Club IMPACT® Foundation and a distinguished group of former college football head coaches.” It’s as much a compliment of on-field prowess as it is a marker of positive community service and academic success. Addae joins weeks one and two winners Kyle Hamilton (Notre Dame) and Aidan Hutchinson (Michigan).

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