Bud Dupree Named Quarterfinalist for Lott IMPACT Trophy

Oct. 22, 2014

LEXINGTON, Ky. - University of Kentucky senior defensive end/linebacker Alvin "Bud" Dupree, who leads all active Southeastern Conference players in sacks, has been named a quarterfinalist for the 2014 Lott IMPACT Trophy, it was announced Wednesday.

Dupree is one of 20 student-athletes across the nation to be named a quarterfinalist for the prestigious award, which honors a student-athlete that best embodies Integrity, Maturity, Performance, Academics, Community and Tenacity (IMPACT). Dupree is one of four SEC student-athletes on the list, joining Landon Collins (Alabama), A.J. Johnson (Tennessee) and Deterrian Shackelford (Ole Miss).

Dupree, who was named to the midseason All-SEC Team by Phil Steele earlier this week, is having a great season with Kentucky with 35 tackles, including 4.5 tackles for loss, a team-best three sacks, one interception, one pass breakup and three quarterback hurries.

The star has made a habit of making game-changing plays this season as his interception against South Carolina was Kentucky's first game-winning interception for a touchdown since 1998. The following week, Dupree blocked a ULM field goal attempt that helped spark 45 unanswered points from the Wildcats.

In his career, Dupree has played in 42 games with 208 tackles, 29 tackles for loss, 19 sacks and five pass breakups. His 19 career sacks lead all active SEC players and ranks tied for second best in UK history.

Eight semifinalists will be chosen Nov. 11, with ballots then sent to more than 400 national voters, a panel that includes former coaches and players, members of the media, past Lott IMPACT Trophy winners and finalists as well as members of the Board of Directors for the Pacific Club IMPACT Foundation, the sponsors of the award.
 
The four finalists will fly to Newport Beach for a black-tie gala at the Pacific Club on Dec. 14 where the winner will be announced. The Pacific Club IMPACT Foundation will make a $25,000 donation to the general scholarship fund of the winner's university and $5,000 to each of the schools of the runner-ups.
 
In 10 years, the Foundation has now donated more than $1 million, including nearly $500,000 to universities throughout the country.