BYU’s Ben Bywater, Utah’s Karene Reid Appear On IMPACT Trophy Watch List

May 8, 2023, 11:34 AM | Updated: 11:37 am

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BYU Ben Bywater and Utah's Karene Reid were both named to the preseason 2023 Lott IMPACT Trophy watch list. (Photos courtesy of Getty Images)

(Photos courtesy of Getty Images)

SALT LAKE CITY – A pair of in-state linebackers made the first watch list for the upcoming 2023 college football season.

Those players are BYU’s Ben Bywater and Utah’s Karene Reid. Both starting linebackers were named to the Lott IMPACT Trophy watch list.

The Lott IMPACT Trophy, named after former USC and NFL star Ronnie Lott, is awarded to the defensive impact player of the year in college football.

Previous winners of the Lott IMPACT Trophy include former Georgia star David Pollack (2004) and current Houston Texas head coach DeMeco Ryans in 2005 when he was a linebacker at Alabama. Other notables include Manti Te’o in 2012 at Notre Dame and former Michigan standout Aidan Hutchinson who is currently with the Detroit Lions.

The 2023 season will be the 20th year for the Lott IMPACT Trophy. Forty-two players were named to the watch list, with Bywater and Reid making up two of the 16 linebackers.

Both Bywater and Reid are impactful players for their respective teams.

Bywater has led BYU in tackles the past two seasons. He’s totaled 200 tackles and two sacks. Last year he had three interceptions, one of which he returned for a touchdown in the 2022 New Mexico Bowl to earn defensive MVP honors. A native of Salt Lake City, Bywater prepped at Olympus High and is entering his fifth year with the BYU football program.

Reid was a second-team All-Pac-12 selection last season, piling up 72 tackles, one interception, and a fumble recovery last season. He has totaled 117 tackles in his first two years with the Utes. Reid prepped at Timpview High in Provo.

2023 Lott IMPACT Trophy Watch List

Jaishawn Barham, LB, Maryland

Chico Bennett, DE, Virginia

Cobee Bryant, CB, Kansas

Calen Bullock, DB, USC

Jordan Burch, DE, Oregon

Ben Bywater, LB, BYU

Abdul Carter, LB, Penn State

Barrett Carter, LB, Clemson

Dewayne Carter, DL, Duke

Josh Celiscar, DE, UCF

Mason Cobb, LB, USC

Junior Colson, LB, Michigan

Tommy Eichenberg, LB, Ohio State

Justin Flowe, LB, Arizona

Jaylan Ford, LB, Texas

Marcus Fuqua, S, Buffalo

Cedric Gray, LB, North Carolina

Johnny Hodges, LB, TCU

Ty’Ron Hopper, LB, Missouri

Travis Hunter, DB, Colorado

Patrick Jenkins, DL, Tulane

Will Johnson, DB, Michigan

Kamren Kinchens, S, Miami

Kalen King, CB, Penn State

Laiatu Latu, DE, UCLA

Dwight McGlothern, DB, Arkansas

Ga’Quincy ‘Kool-Aid’ McKinstry, CB, Alabama

Malachi Moore, DB, Alabama

Benjamin Morrison, CB, Notre Dame

Jer’zhan Newton, DT, Illinois

Josh Newton, CB, TCU

Collin Oliver, DE, Oklahoma State

Harold Perkins, LB, LSU

Karene Reid, LB, Utah

Maason Smith, DL, LSU

Malaki Starks, S, Georgia

Danny Stutsman, LB, Oklahoma

Bralen Trice, DE, Washington

J.T. Tuimoloau, DE, Ohio State

Jared Verse, DE, Florida State

Deone Walker, DL, Kentucky

Nathaniel Watson, LB, Mississippi State

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Mitch Harper is a BYU Insider for and host of the Cougar Tracks Podcast (SUBSCRIBE) and Cougar Sports Saturday (Saturday from 12–3 p.m.) on KSL Newsradio. Follow Mitch’s coverage of BYU moving to the Big 12 Conference on Twitter: @Mitch_Harper.

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BYU’s Ben Bywater, Utah’s Karene Reid Appear On IMPACT Trophy Watch List