A pair of B1G defensive ends are among 8 semifinalists for the Lott IMPACT Trophy, presented to college football’s top defensive player who makes contributions on and off the field.

Michigan’s Aidan Hutchinson and Purdue’s George Karlaftis were the two B1G representatives to make the cut. The other semifinalists included Coby Bryant (Cincinnati), Damone Clark (LSU), Yusuf Corker (Kentucky), Jordan Davis (Georgia), Nakobe Dean (Georgia) and Devin Lloyd (Utah).

Hutchinson has piled up 13 sacks this season, leading the B1G and setting a new single-season record for Michigan. He’s also credited with 54 total tackles, 10 QB hurries, 3 pass break-ups and 2 forced fumbles.

Michigan is 11-1 and headed to Indianapolis to play in the B1G Championship Game for the first time in program history.

Karlaftis has been credited with 41 total stops, 11 tackles for loss and 5 sacks during the 2021 campaign at Purdue. He has also collected 8 QB hurries, 3 forced fumbles, 2 pass break-ups, a blocked kick and a defensive touchdown.

The Boilermakers are 8-4, posting their highest regular season win total since 2006.