Mathieu eyes repeat Bednarik honor
LSU CB returns as third player with chance to win award twice
PHILADELPHIA -- The Maxwell Football Club announced its watch lists Monday for the 18th annual Bednarik Award.
The Bednarik Award has been 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 Bednarik Award watch list features four of last season's semifinalists with Kansas State LB Arthur Brown, LSU CB Tyrann Mathieu, Notre Dame LB Manti Te'o and Stanford LB Chase Thomas. Alabama and LSU each boast four defensive players on this year's watch list. Only Michigan State was able to match the total.
The latest Bednarik Award winner, Mathieu joins Penn State's Paul Posluszny and Northwestern's Pat Fitzgerald as the only recipients in award history to return to school with a chance to repeat as the award winner.
Semifinalists for the Bednarik Award will be announced Oct. 29, and the three finalists will be unveiled Nov. 19. The winner of the 2012 Bednarik Award will be announced as part of the ESPNU College Football Awards Show held on Dec. 6. The formal presentation of the awards will be made at the Maxwell Football Club Awards Gala in Atlantic City on March 1.
The watch list candidates were chosen by the Maxwell Football Club's selection committee, which evaluates past performance and future potential. The club will make additions and deletions to the lists as the 2012 season unfolds. All members of the Maxwell Football Club along with collegiate sports information directors, head coaches and selected national media are eligible to vote for the awards.
|Brandon Jenkins||Florida State||DE||Sr.|
|Lamarcus Joyner||Florida State||S||Jr.|
|Xavier Rhodes||Florida State||CB||Jr.|
|A.J. Klein||Iowa State||LB||Sr.|
|Jake Knott||Iowa State||LB||Sr.|
|Arthur Brown||Kansas State||LB||Sr.|
|Nigel Malone||Kansas State||CB||Sr.|
|Ray-Ray Armstrong||Miami (Fla.)||CB||Sr.|
|Johnny Adams||Michigan State||CB||Sr.|
|Denicos Allen||Michigan State||LB||Jr.|
|Max Bullough||Michigan State||LB||Jr.|
|William Gholston||Michigan State||DE||Jr.|
|Jonathan Banks||Mississippi State||CB||Sr.|
|David Amerson||NC State||CB||Jr.|
|Kevin Reddick||North Carolina||LB||Sr.|
|Manti Te’o||Notre Dame||LB||Sr.|
|Johnathan Hankins||Ohio State||DT||Jr.|
|John Simon||Ohio State||DE||Sr.|
|Brodrick Brown||Oklahoma State||CB||Sr.|
|Jordan Poyer||Oregon State||CB||Sr.|
|Gerald Hodges||Penn State||LB||Sr.|
|Jadeveon Clowney||South Carolina||DE||So.|
|Devin Taylor||South Carolina||DE||Sr.|
|Jamie Collins||Southern Miss||DE||Sr.|
|Sean Porter||Texas A&M||LB||Sr.|
|Kyle Fuller||Virginia Tech||CB||Jr.|
|James Gayle||Virginia Tech||DE||Jr.|
|Bruce Taylor||Virginia Tech||LB||Sr.|