Courtesy of Chuck Bednarik Award
The watch list for the 2009 Chuck Bednarik Award was released on Thursday.
The Bednarik Award is given annually to the nationâ€™s best defensive
player. The watch list candidates were chosen by the Maxwell Football
Clubâ€™s Selection Committee. Members of the Maxwell Football Club, NCAA
sports information directors, head coaches and selected national media
are eligible to vote for the award.
Semifinalists for the Chuck Bednarik Award will be announced on November 4 and three finalists for the award will be announced November 23. The winner of the 2009 Chuck Bednarik Award will be announced as part of the Home Depot ESPNU College Football Awards Show which will be held on December 10, 2009. The formal presentation of this award will be made at the Maxwell Football Club Awards Gala hosted by Harrahâ€™s Entertainment Atlantic City on March 5, 2010.
The watch list candidates have been chosen by the Maxwell Football Clubâ€™s Selection Committee and the Maxwell Club reserves the right to make additions and subtractions to these lists as the 2009 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.
The Maxwell and Chuck Bednarik Awards are members 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 gameâ€™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. For more information, visit the associationâ€™s official website, ncfaa.org.
2009 Bednarik Award Preseason Watch List
DE Rahim Alem, LSU, Sr.
LB Pat Angerer, Iowa, Sr.
DT Geno Atkins, Georgia, Sr.
DT Marvin Austin, North Carolina, Jr.
DE Jeremy Beal, Oklahoma, Jr.
S Eric Berry, Tennessee, Jr.
LB Navorro Bowman, Penn State, Jr.
S Morgan Burnett, Georgia Tech, Jr.
LB Reggie Carter, UCLA, Sr.
DT Terrence Cody, Alabama, Sr.
DE Antonio Coleman, Auburn, Sr.
LB Rennie Curran, Georgia, Jr.
DE Dexter Davis, Arizona State, Sr.
LB Ryan Dâ€™Imperio, Rutgers, Sr.
DE Carlos Dunlap, Florida, Jr.
DE Brandon Graham, Michigan, Sr.
DE Greg Hardy, Ole Miss, Sr.
DE Jerry Hughes, TCU, Sr.
DT Arthur Jones, Syracuse, Sr.
LB Greg Jones, Michigan State, Jr.
DE Sergio Kindle, Texas, Sr.
DE Jammie Kirlew, Indiana, Sr.
LB Keaton Kristick, Oregon State, Sr.
LB Sean Lee, Penn State, Sr.
LB Travis Lewis, Oklahoma, So.
CB Trevard Lindley, Kentucky, Sr.
LB Scott Lutrus, Connecticut, Jr.
S Taylor Mays, USC, Sr.
LB Rolando McClain, Alabama, Jr.
DT Gerald McCoy, Oklahoma, Jr.
LB Rico McCoy, Tennessee, Sr.
LB Roddrick Muckelroy, Texas, Sr.
LB Eric Norwood, South Carolina, Sr.
DT Jared Odrick, Penn State, Sr.
DT Vince Oghobaase, Duke, Sr.
LB Joe Pawelek, Baylor, Sr.
DT Brian Price, UCLA, Jr.
DE Greg Romeus, Pittsburgh, Jr.
DE George Selvie, USF, Sr.
DT Malcolm Sheppard, Arkansas, Sr.
LB Brandon Spikes, Florida, Sr.
S Darrell Stuckey, Kansas, Sr.
LB Quan Sturdivant, North Carolina, Jr.
DT Ndamukong Suh, Nebraska, Sr.
DE Daniel Teâ€™o-Nesheim, Washington, Sr.
CB Sydâ€™Quan Thompson, California, Sr.
DE Will Tukuafu, Oregon, Sr.
CB Alterraun Verner, UCLA, Sr.
LB Sean Weatherspoon, Missouri, Sr.
LB Reed Williams, West Virginia, Sr.
CB Kyle Wilson, Boise State, Sr.
DE Corey Wootton, Northwestern, Sr.
DE Jason Worilds, Virginia Tech, Jr.
LB Alex Wujciak, Maryland, Jr.
DE Willie Young, N.C. State, Sr.