A Pair of C-USA Players Named to Bednarik Award Watch List
Aug. 9, 2010
Two Conference USA players are listed among the preseason candidates for the 2010 Chuck Bednarik Award, given annually to the top defensive player in college football. Southern Miss senior LB Korey Williams and UCF senior DE Bruce Miller are C-USA's representatives on the preseason watch list.
Williams established a Southern Miss single-season record last season with 77 assisted tackles and led the squad in total stops with 121. He also posted 11 tackles for loss and 7.5 sacks to go along with three forced fumbles and two recoveries. He was named to the preseason All-C-USA team by the league's head coaches.
Miller was named the preseason Conference USA Defensive Player of the Year by the league's coaches after winning that award in 2009. He ranked fifth in the nation in sacks last season with 14 and tops all returning FBS players with 27 sacks and 44 tackles for loss in his career. Miller led the UCF defense to the top ranking in C-USA for a second consecutive season in 2009.
The Chuck Bednarik Award has been presented to the nation's top defensive player since 1995. Bednarik, who played collegiately at Pennsylvania and professionally for the Philadelphia Eagles, is a member of both the College Football Hall of Fame (1969) and the Pro Football Hall of Fame (1967).
Defensive tackle Ndamukong Suh from the University of Nebraska was awarded the 15th Chuck Bednarik Award for his outstanding performance during the 2009 season. He was selected by the Detroit Lions with the second overall selection in this past April's NFL Draft.
Semifinalists for the Maxwell and Bednarik Awards will be announced on November 8th and three finalists for each award will be announced November 22nd. The winners of the 2010 Maxwell and Bednarik Awards will be announced as part of the Home Depot ESPNU College Football Awards Show which will be held on December 9, 2010. The formal presentation of these awards will be made at the Maxwell Football Club Awards Gala hosted by Harrah's Entertainment Atlantic City on March 4, 2011.
The watch list candidates have been chosen by the Maxwell Football Club's Selection Committee and the Maxwell Club reserves the right to make additions and subtractions to these lists as the 2010 season unfolds. All members of the Maxwell Football Club, NCAA Sports Information Directors, Head Coaches and selected national media are eligible to vote for these awards.
2010 Bednarik Award Watch List Player School Pos. Yr. Acho, Sam Texas DE Sr. Amukamara, Prince Nebraska CB Sr. Austin, Marvin North Carolina DT Sr. Ayers, Akeem UCLA LB Jr. Bailey, Allen Miami DE Sr. Barron, Mark Alabama S Jr. Beal, Jeremy Oklahoma DE Sr. Black, Ahmad Florida S Sr. Borland, Chris Wisconsin LB So. Burfict, Vontaze Arizona State LB So. Burney, Kendric North Carolina CB Sr. Bynes, Josh Auburn LB Sr. Carder, Tank TCU LB Jr. Casey, Jurrell USC DT Jr. Clayborn, Adrian Iowa DE Sr. Crawford, Jack Penn State DE Jr. Crick, Jared Nebraska DT Jr. Dareus, Marcell Alabama DE Jr. Dowling, Ras-I Virginia CB Sr. Foster, Mason Washington LB Sr. Gilmore, Stephon South Carolina CB So. Harris, Brandon Miami CB Jr. Herzlich, Mark Boston College LB Sr. Heyward, Cameron Ohio State DE Sr. Hightower, Dont'a Alabama LB Jr. Homan, Ross Ohio State LB Sr. Houston, Justin Georgia LB Jr. Jones, Greg Michigan State LB Sr. Kerrigan, Ryan Purdue DE Sr. Kuechly, Luke Boston College LB So. Lewis, Travis Oklahoma LB Jr. McCarthy, Colin Miami LB Sr. McDaniel, DeAndre Clemson S Sr. McNary, Josh Army DE Sr. McPhee, Pernell Mississippi State DE Sr. Miller, Bruce UCF DE Sr. Miller, Von Texas A&M LB Sr. Moch, Dontay Nevada DE Sr. Mohamed, Mike Cal LB Sr. Moore, Rahim UCLA S Jr. Paea, Stephen Oregon State DT Sr. Peterson, Patrick LSU CB Jr. Powe, Jerrell Ole Miss DT Sr. Quinn, Robert North Carolina DE Jr. Robinson, Adrian Temple DE Jr. Romeus, Greg Pittsburgh DE Sr. Rowe, Kenny Oregon DE Sr. Sands, Robert West Virginia S Jr. Sash, Tyler Iowa S Jr. Sheppard, Kelvin LSU LB Sr. Smith, Aldon Missouri DE So. Smith, Derrell Syracuse LB Sr. Te'o, Manti Notre Dame LB So. Wade, Trevin Arizona CB Jr. Watt, J.J. Wisconsin DE Jr. Williams, Aaron Texas CB Jr. Williams, Korey Southern Miss LB Jr. Wilson, Lawrence Connecticut LB Sr. Winterswyk, Ryan Boise State DE Sr. Wujciak, Alex Maryland LB Sr.