BC's Divitto on preseason watch list

Two years after the most famous player in recent Boston College history won the Lott IMPACT Trophy as the nation’s premier defender, another Eagles linebacker is on the award's preseason watch list.

Steele Divitto was just a sophomore when Luke Kuechly won the award in 2011. He’s a rising senior now, and the 6-foot-3, 238-pound Don Bosco Prep product will be a big part of the BC defense in 2013.

He’s started every game the past two seasons, piling up 92 tackles as a junior in 2012.

The Ridgefield, Conn., native is one of seven ACC players on the initial list of 42. The IMPACT -- which stands for integrity, maturity, performance, academics, community and tenacity -- award is given to a player deemed to have made the biggest impact both on and off the field.

Manti Te’o won the award in 2012.