Tide's Hightower a finalist for Lott Trophy

Alabama linebacker Dont'a Hightower is one of four finalists for the Lott Impact Trophy.

Named in honor of Ronnie Lott, the Lott Impact Trophy honors the national defensive player of the year who's had the biggest impact on his team, both on and off the field.

The other finalists are also linebackers -- Texas' Emmanuel Acho, Boston College's Luke Kuechly and Notre Dame's Manti Te'o.

The winner will be announced Dec. 11 in Newport Beach, Calif.

Hightower, a fourth-year junior, leads Alabama with 91 total tackles, including 9.5 for loss. He's also a finalist for the Butkus Award and Lombardi Award.