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TCU LB on Lott IMPACT Trophy Watch List for impact on and off field

TCU coach Gary Patterson is surrounded by his team before the 2017 spring game at Amon G. Carter Stadium.
TCU coach Gary Patterson is surrounded by his team before the 2017 spring game at Amon G. Carter Stadium. Special to the Star-Telegram

Veteran TCU linebacker Ty Summers has been named to the watch list for the 2018 Lott IMPACT Trophy, which recognizes the nation's top defensive player in terms of impact on and off the field.

Summers, who will play this season as a graduate student after already earning his TCU degree, is a two-time All-Big 12 selection. His 271 career tackles rank fifth all-time since Gary Patterson took over 17-seasons ago. He needs just 73 tackles to pass current Los Angeles Ram Travin Howard for the top spot.

A senior from San Antonio, Summers was the 2017-18 TCU Fellowship of Christian Athletes Bob Lilly Male Athlete of the Year. He is a frequent speaker at area schools and is actively involved with S.P.A.R.K., a community program organized by TCU football student-athletes.

Former TCU All-American defensive end Jerry Hughes, now with the Buffalo Bills, was the 2009 Lott IMPACT Trophy recipient.

TCU had three players drafted last week, and all are headed to contenders. OT Joseph Noteboom and LB Travin Howard are going to the LA Rams, while OL Matt Pryor is headed to Philadelphia.

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