2012 major awards watch lists

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.

Nico Johnson Alabama LB Sr.
Robert Lester Alabama CB Sr.
C.J. Mosley Alabama LB Jr.
Jesse Williams Alabama DT Sr.
Trevardo Williams Connecticut DE Sr.
Sharrif Floyd Florida DT Jr.
Brandon Jenkins Florida State DE Sr.
Lamarcus Joyner Florida State S Jr.
Xavier Rhodes Florida State CB Jr.
Jonathan Jenkins Georgia DT Sr.
Jarvis Jones Georgia LB Jr.
Jonathan Brown Illinois LB Jr.
Michael Buchanan Illinois CB Sr.
Micah Hyde Iowa CB Sr.
James Morris Iowa LB 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.
Tyrann Mathieu LSU CB Jr.
Barkevious Mingo LSU DE Jr.
Sam Montgomery LSU DE Jr.
Eric Reid LSU S Jr.
Joe Vellano Maryland DT 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.
Demontre Hurst Oklahoma CB Sr.
Tony Jefferson Oklahoma S Jr.
Brodrick Brown Oklahoma State CB Sr.
John Boyett Oregon S Sr.
Dion Jordan Oregon DE Sr.
Jordan Poyer Oregon State CB Sr.
Gerald Hodges Penn State LB Sr.
Aaron Donald Pittsburgh DT Jr.
Ricardo Allen Purdue CB Jr.
Kawann Short Purdue DT Sr.
Khaseem Greene Rutgers LB Sr.
Logan Ryan Rutgers CB Sr.
Jadeveon Clowney South Carolina DE So.
Devin Taylor South Carolina DE Sr.
Jamie Collins Southern Miss DE Sr.
Shayne Skov Stanford LB Sr.
Chase Thomas  Stanford LB Sr.
Stansly Maponga TCU DE Jr.
Jackson Jeffcoat Texas DE Jr.
Alex Okafor Texas DE Sr.
Kenny Vaccaro Texas S Sr.
Sean Porter Texas A&M LB Sr.
Dion Bailey USC LB So.
T.J. McDonald USC S Sr.
Nickell Robey USC CB Jr.
Star Lotulelei Utah DT Sr.
Kyle Fuller Virginia Tech CB Jr.
James Gayle Virginia Tech DE Jr.
Bruce Taylor Virginia Tech LB Sr.
Chris Borland Wisconsin LB Jr.