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Bresee, Turner on Chuck Bednarik Award Watch List

July 19, 2021
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Defensive tackle Bryan Bresee and safety Nolan Turner have been named to the watch list for the Chuck Bednarik Award.

The Chuck Bednarik Award has been presented to the College Defensive Player of the Year since 1995 and is named in honor of Chuck Bednarik, a former standout at the University of Pennsylvania and with the Philadelphia Eagles. Bednarik is a member of both the College Football Hall of Fame's Class of '69 and the NFL Hall of Fame's Class of '67.

The Bednarik Award watch list is comprised of 90 candidates on the defensive side of the ball. Last year’s winner Zaven Collins (Tulsa) and fellow finalists Jeremiah Owusu-Koramoah (Notre Dame) and Patrick Surtain II (Alabama) have all moved on to the NFL. The list features two returning semifinalists from 2020, Myjai Sanders (Cincinnati) and Kyle Hamilton (Notre Dame). There are 11 schools that have two candidates on the Bednarik watch list.

2021 BEDNARIK AWARD WATCH LIST

LB Will Anderson, Alabama

CB Josh Jobe, Alabama

DE Demetrius Taylor, Appalachian State

CB Shaun Jolly, Appalachian State

CB Chase Lucas, Arizona State

LB Grant Morgan, Arkansas

S Jalen Catalon, Arkansas

LB Zakoby McClain, Auburn

DB Jalen Pitre, Baylor

LB Terrel Bernard, Baylor

LB James Patterson, Buffalo

LB Cameron Goode, Cal

DE Troy Hairston, Central Michigan

LB Troy Brown, Central Michigan

DE Myjai Sanders, Cincinnati

CB Ahmad Gardner, Cincinnati

DT Bryan Bresee, Clemson

S Nolan Turner, Clemson

DE Jeffrey Gunter, Coastal Carolina

LB Nate Landman, Colorado

DE Scott Patchan, Colorado State

DT Travis Jones, Connecticut

CB Kaiir Elam, Florida

LB Amari Gainer, Florida State

DT Jordan Davis, Georgia

LB Nakobe Dean, Georgia

CB Derrick Canteen, Georgia Southern

LB Darius Muasau, Hawaii

CB Marcus Jones, Houston

LB Jake Hansen, Illinois

LB Micah McFadden, Indiana

CB Tiawan Mullen, Indiana

DE Will McDonald, Iowa State

LB Mike Rose, Iowa State

DE Durrell Johnson, Liberty

S Bralen Trahan, Louisiana

LB Tyler Grubbs, Louisiana Tech

CB Derek Stingley, LSU

CB Eli Ricks, LSU

S Quindell Johnson, Memphis

S Bubba Bolden, Miami

DE Aidan Hutchinson, Michigan

S Reed Blankenship, Middle Tennessee

CB Emmanuel Forbes, Mississippi State

DE Trajan Jeffcoat, Missouri

LB Diego Fagot, Navy

LB Payton Wilson, NC State

LB Lawson Hall, Nevada

LB Jeremiah Gemmel, North Carolina

S Brandon Joseph, Northwestern

S Kyle Hamilton, Notre Dame

DT Haskell Garrett, Ohio State

DE Zach Harrison, Ohio State

LB Nik Bonitto, Oklahoma

DE Isaiah Thomas, Oklahoma

LB Malcolm Rodriguez, Oklahoma State

S Kolby Harvell-Peel, Oklahoma State

DE Kayvon Thibodeaux, Oregon

LB Avery Roberts, Oregon State

S Jaquan Brisker, Penn State

DT Calijah Kancey, Pittsburgh

DE George Karlaftis, Purdue

LB Olakunle Fatukasi, Rutgers

DE Cameron Thomas, San Diego State

LB Caden McDonald, San Diego State

DE Cade Hall, San Jose State

DE Kingsley Enagbare, South Carolina

DE Ochaun Mathis, TCU

CB Tre'Vius Hodges-Tomlinson, TCU

DT Keondre Coburn, Texas

DE DeMarvin Leal, Texas A&M

LB Colin Schooler, Texas Tech

DT Desjuan Johnson, Toledo

LB Carlton Martial, Troy

LB Dorian Williams, Tulane

DT Jaxon Player, Tulsa

LB Kris Moll, UAB

LB Drake Jackson, USC

LB Devin Lloyd, Utah

LB Justin Rice, Utah State

DE Praise Amaewhule, UTEP

S Rashad Wisdom, UTSA

LB Anfernee Orji, Vanderbilt

LB Edefuan Ulofoshio, Washington

CB Trent McDuffie, Washington

DT Dante Stills, West Virginia

DE DeAngelo Malone, Western Kentucky

DT Ralph Holley, Western Michigan

LB Jack Sanborn, Wisconsin

LB Chad Muma, Wyoming

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