PHILADELPHIA, Pa. — The Maxwell Football Club announced its watch list for the 17th annual Bednarik Award, presented to the nation’s top defensive player since 1995. A former standout at Penn and with the Philadelphia Eagles, Chuck Bednarik is a member of both the College Football Hall of Fame’s Class of 1969 and the NFL Hall of Fame’s Class of 1967.
The watch list incorporates a broad spectrum of Football Bowl Subdivision (FBS) programs and conferences from coast to coast. The watch list features three of last season’s semifinalists: Florida State DE Brandon Jenkins, Boston College LB Luke Kuechly and Notre Dame LB Manti Te’o
The 2010 Bednarik Award winner, LSU CB Patrick Peterson left school early following his junior season, when he was taken fifth in the first round of the National Football League Draft by the Arizona Cardinals.
Semifinalists for the Bednarik Award will be announced Oct. 31 and the three finalists will be unveiled Nov. 21. The winner of the 2011 Bednarik Award will be announced as part of the Home Depot ESPNU College Football Awards Show on Dec. 8. The formal presentation of the award will be made at the Maxwell Football Club Awards Gala hosted by Harrah’s Entertainment Atlantic City on March 2.
The watch list candidates have been chosen by the Maxwell Football Club’s selection committee, evaluating past performance and future potential. Additions and deletions to the list will happen as the 2011 season unfolds. All members of the Maxwell Football Club, NCAA sports information directors, head coaches and selected national media are eligible to vote for the awards.
The Bednarik Award is part of the National College Football Awards Association (NCFAA). The NCFAA was founded in 1997 as a coalition of the major collegiate football awards to protect, preserve and enhance the integrity, influence and prestige of the game’s predominant awards. The NCFAA encourages professionalism and the highest standards for the administration of its member awards and the selection of their candidates and recipients.
|Ray-Ray Armstrong||S||Miami||Robert Lester||S||Alabama|
|Ryan Baker||LB||LSU||Travis Lewis||LB||Oklahoma|
|Mark Barron||S||Alabama||Brandon Lindsey||DE||Pittsburgh|
|Jake Bequette||DE||Arkansas||Mike Martin||DT||Michigan|
|Brandon Boykin||CB||Georgia||Chris Marve||LB||Vanderbilt|
|Nigel Bradham||LB||Florida State||Jonathan Massaquoi||DE||Troy|
|Tanner Brock||LB||TCU||Tyrann Mathieu||CB||LSU|
|Vince Browne||DE||Northwestern||T.J. McDonald||S||USC|
|Vontaze Burfict||LB||Arizona State||Chase Minnifield||CB||Virginia|
|Tank Carder||LB||TCU||Roosevelt Nix||DT||Kent State|
|Morris Claiborne||CB||LSU||Donte Paige-Moss||DE||North Carolina|
|Quinton Coples||DT||North Carolina||Shaun Prater||CB||Iowa|
|Jared Crick||DT||Nebraska||Kheeston Randall||DT||Texas|
|Vinny Curry||DE||Marshall||Kevin Reddick||LB||North Carolina|
|Lavonte David||LB||Nebraska||Greg Reid||CB||Florida State|
|Alfonzo Dennard||CB||Nebraska||Kendall Reyes||DT||Connecticut|
|Tony Dye||S||UCLA||Xavier Rhodes||CB||Florida State|
|Donnie Fletcher||CB||Boston College||Keenan Robinson||LB||Texas|
|Jerry Franklin||LB||Arkansas||Shayne Skov||LB||Stanford|
|Stephon Gilmore||CB||South Carolina||Sean Spence||LB||Miami|
|Zaviar Gooden||LB||Missouri||Alameda Ta’amu||DT||Washington|
|Casey Hayward||CB||Vanderbilt||Keith Tandy||CB||West Virginia|
|Dant’a Hightower||LB||Alabama||Kenny Tate||S||Maryland|
|Jayron Hosley||CB||Virginia Tech||Bruce Taylor||LB||Virginia Tech|
|Jaye Howard||DT||Florida||Devin Taylor||DE||South Carolina|
|Delano Howell||S||Stanford||Manit Te’o||LB||Notre Dame|
|Bruce Irvin||DE||West Virginia||Danny Trevathan||LB||Kentucky|
|Brandon Jenkins||DE||Florida State||Courtney Upshaw||LB||Alabama|
|Coryell Judie||CB||Texas A&M||Prentiss Waggner||S||Tennessee|
|Mychal Kendricks||LB||California||Korey Williams||LB||Southern Miss|
|Dre Kirkpatrick||CB||Alabama||Billy Winn||DT||Boise State|
|Jake Knott||LB||Iowa State||Jerel Worthy||DT||Michigan State|
|Luke Kuechly||LB||Boston College|
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