Temple DB Sean Chandler chosen to Lott IMPACT Watch List

June 2, 2017 GMT

Temple DB Sean Chandler

chosen to Lott IMPACT Watch List

Temple senior defensive back Sean Chandler is one of 42 players selected to the Lott IMPACT Trophy Watch List. Chandler, a Camden, N.J., native, is a two-time All-American Athletic Conference second-team selection (2015-16) and an ECAC first-team all-star in 2016. He was the only Temple player ever awarded the prestigious single-digit jersey as a freshman, given to one of the nine toughest players each year.

With Camden being right across the Walt Whitman Bridge from Philadelphia, Chandler has also been very active with community service, and has maintained a strong grade-point average in kinesiology throughout his three years at Temple.


Named after Pro Football Hall of Famer Ronnie Lott, the Lott IMPACT Trophy is awarded to college football’s defensive IMPACT Player of the Year. The Lott Trophy is given to the player who displays the same characteristics Lott had during his distinguished career: integrity, maturity, performance, academics, community and tenacity. Founded in 2004 by the Pacific Club IMPACT Foundation, The Lott Trophy is the first and only college football award to equally recognize athletic performance and personal character attributes of the player.

Temple’s Matt Hennessy named to Rimington Trophy Watch List

Temple’s redshirt freshman Matt Hennessy has been chosen to the Rimington Trophy Committee’s watch list, which includes 63 of the best centers in Division I football. The players selected on the list are expected to display excellence at the center position.

Hennessy, a 6-foot-4, 285-pounder, saw action in two games last season, starting one. In 2016, he was one of only two freshmen listed on the two-deep chart to start the season and was the top backup center behind Brendan McGowan who was on both the Rimington Award and the Wuerffel Award Watch Lists.

The Rimington Trophy is presented each year to the most outstanding center in Division I-A college football. The winner will be recognized at the Rimington Trophy presentation at Rococo Theatre in Lincoln, Neb. Dave Rimington, the award’s namesake, was a first-team All-America center at the University of Nebraska in 1981 and 1982.

Saint Joseph’s to play

St. John’s on Dec. 20

Saint Joseph’s will face St. John’s in the 7th annual Hall of Fame Holiday Showcase on Dec. 20 at Mohegan Sun Arena in Uncasville, Conn. Providence will meet Houston in the other contest.


“We are honored to be associated with the Basketball Hall of Fame, an organization that promotes all levels of the game. We’re delighted for our players to have the opportunity to compete against the legendary St. John’s program and are looking forward to an old-fashioned Philly vs. New York matchup,” said Saint Joseph’s head coach Phil Martelli in a statement.

It will mark the first meeting of the two schools since 2013 when they played in the NIT first round at Hagan Arena. It will be the 58th all-time meeting of Saint Joseph’s and St. John’s, but just the second in 37 years.