The Maxwell Football Club announced today that linebacker Barrett Carter, defensive tackle Tyler Davis and linebacker Jeremiah Trotter Jr. have been named as three of 85 candidates on the watch list for the Chuck Bednarik Award, presented annually to the nation’s most outstanding defensive player. Clemson and Penn State are the only programs in the nation to feature three members on the watch list in 2023.
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The Maxwell Football Club today announced its watch list for the 29th Chuck Bednarik Award presented annually to the outstanding defensive player in college football.
The Bednarik Award has been presented to the College Defensive Player of the Year since 1994 and is named in honor of Chuck “Concrete Charlie” Bednarik who was an All-American player at the University of Pennsylvania and later a multiple year All Pro linebacker and center for the Philadelphia Eagles. He is a member of both the College and Pro Football Halls of Fame and was the last NFL player to be a full-time player on both offense and defense.
The Bednarik Award watch list will once again incorporate a broad spectrum of Football Bowl Subdivision (FBS) programs and conferences from coast to coast, led by 5 returning 2022 semifinalists: Kool-Aid McKinstry (Alabama), Tyler Davis (Clemson), Jer’Zhan Newton (Illinois), Tommy Eichenberg (Ohio State) and Jason Henderson (Old Dominion). Clemson and Penn State lead the way with 3 candidates each with an additional 9 schools boasting 2 candidates.
Last year’s Chuck Bednarik Award winner was Will Anderson Jr. (Alabama) who went on to be the 1st round selection of the Houston Texans in the 2023 NFL Draft. Anderson joined Alabama greats Jonathan Allen (2016) and Minkah Fitzpatrick (2017) as the third Crimson Tide player to win the award.
S Trey Taylor, Air ForceCB Kool-Aid McKinstry, AlabamaLB Dallas Turner, AlabamaLB Leo Lowin, ArmyCB D.J. James, AuburnLB DJ Schramm, Boise StateDE Donovan Ezeiruaku, Boston CollegeLB Shaun Dolac, BuffaloLB Ben Bywater, BYULB Jackson Sirmon, CalDT Dontay Corleone, CincinnatiDT Tyler Davis, ClemsonLB Jeremiah Trotter Jr., ClemsonLB Barrett Carter, ClemsonS Jack Howell, Colorado StateLB Jackson Mitchell, ConnecticutDT DeWayne Carter, DukeDE Princely Umanmielen, FloridaDE Jared Verse, Florida StateLB Levelle Bailey, Fresno StateDB Javon Bullard, GeorgiaLB Jamon Dumas-Johnson, GeorgiaS LaMiles Brooks, Georgia TechDL Jer’Zhan Newton, IllinoisDL Keith Randolph, IllinoisDL Andre Carter, IndianaCB Cooper DeJean, IowaCB T.J. Tampa, Iowa StateCB Cobee Bryant, KansasS Kobe Savage, Kansas StateLB J.J. Weaver, KentuckyLB Harold Perkins, LSUDE Owen Porter, MarshallLB Jaishawn Barham, MarylandDT Leonard Taylor, MiamiS Kamren Kinchens, MiamiDT Kris Jenkins, MichiganLB Junior Colson, MichiganLB Cal Haladay, Michigan StateS Tyler Nubin, MinnesotaLB Nathaniel Watson, Mississippi StateLB Ty’Ron Hopper, MissouriCB Aydan White, NC StateLB Payton Wilson, NC StateLB Cedric Gray, North CarolinaCB Benjamin Morrison, Notre DameDE JT Tuimoloau, Ohio StateLB Tommy Eichenberg, Ohio StateDE Ethan Downs, OklahomaLB Collin Oliver, Oklahoma StateLB Jason Henderson, Old DominionDE Cedric Johnson, Ole MissDE Brandon Dorlus, OregonS Kitan Oladapo, Oregon StateCB Kalen King, Penn StateDE Chop Robinson, Penn StateLB Abdul Carter, Penn StateCB M.J. Devonshire, PittDE Aaron Lewis, RutgersS Yam Banks, South AlabamaS Jay Stanley, Southern MissLB David Bailey, StanfordLB Marlowe Wax, SyracuseCB Josh Newton, TCULB Layton Jordan, TempleLB Aaron Beasley, TennesseeLB Jaylan Ford, TexasDT Jaylon Hutchings, Texas TechCB Quinyon Mitchell, ToledoCB Reddy Steward, TroyCB Jarius Monroe, TulaneDT Patrick Jenkins, TulaneDT Fish McWilliams, UABLB Jason Johnson, UCFLB Laiatu Latu, UCLAS Calen Bullock, USCS Cole Bishop, UtahLB Tyrice Knight, UTEPS Rashad Wisdom, UTSADE Chico Bennett, VirginiaDE Bralen Trice, WashingtonS Aubrey Burks, West VirginiaLB JaQues Evans, Western KentuckyLB Maema Njongmeta, WisconsinLB Easton Gibbs, Wyoming
The Chuck Bednarik Award has once again partnered with Pro Football Focus (PFF) and Phil Steele Publications as selection committee partners. PFF provides detailed metrics and performance-based assessments to selection committee staff, with several senior PFF analysts are members of our selection committee. Phil Steele’s College Football Preview is generally recognized as the most complete preseason magazine.
Semifinalists for the Chuck Bednarik Award will be announced November 13, 2023, while the three finalists for the Bednarik Award will be unveiled November 28, 2023. The winners of the 29th Chuck Bednarik Award will be announced as part of the ESPN Home Depot College Football Awards Show held on December 7, 2023. The formal presentations of the Chuck Bednarik Award will be made at the Maxwell Football Club Awards in March 2024.
Questions concerning the 2023 Bednarik Award watch list can be directed to MFC Executive Director Mark Wolpert email@example.com or MFC Vice President of College Awards Rich Cirminiello firstname.lastname@example.org.
ABOUT THE MAXWELL FOOTBALL CLUB – The Maxwell Football Club was founded in 1935 and is the oldest football organization of its kind in America. The Club recognizes excellence in performance at the high school, collegiate and professional levels of the game. The Maxwell Club is also deeply involved and fully vested in the community through programs to promote academic excellence, community volunteerism, and leadership. High school student-athletes around the country have an opportunity to participate in MFC Showcase events, free of charge, through the generosity of our corporate partners, Montage Mountain Resorts, the Buccini Polin Group, the ETC Foundation and the Run Around Inc. To learn more about our story visit www.maxwellfootballclub.org.
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The Chuck Bednarik Award is a member of the National College Football Awards Association (NCFAA), which encompasses college football’s most prestigious awards. The NCFAA’s 24 awards have honored more than 900 recipients since 1935. This season, 12 NCFAA awards will honor national players of the week each Tuesday.
Sixteen NCFAA members are unveiling preseason watch lists over a two-week period as the association spearheads a coordinated effort to promote each award’s preseason candidates. Following is the remaining 2023 preseason watch list calendar:
Mon., July 31: Maxwell AwardTue., Aug. 1: Outland Trophy/Bronko Nagurski TrophyWed., Aug. 2: Lou Groza Award/Ray Guy AwardThu., Aug. 3: Paul Hornung Award/Wuerffel TrophyFri., Aug. 4: Mackey Award/Rimington Trophy
Mon., Aug. 7: Biletnikoff AwardTue., Aug. 8: Davey O’Brien AwardWed., Aug. 9: Doak Walker AwardThu., Aug. 10: Butkus Award/Paycom Jim Thorpe AwardFri., Aug. 11: Walter Camp Award
Mon., Aug. 14: Bednarik Award
For more information about the NCFAA and its college football awards, visit the redesigned NCFAA.org or follow on Twitter @NCFAA.
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