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Bednarik Award watch list includes Tech's Attaochu & Thomas

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THE FLATS – Georgia Tech senior defensive end Jeremiah Attaochu and senior cornerback Jemea Thomas were named Monday to the preseason watch list for the Chuck Bednarik Award, which goes annually to the top defensive player in college football.

 

Attaochu, who moved from outside linebacker to defensive end in the spring, enters his final season with 19.0 career sacks (tied for eighth in Georgia Tech history) and 27.5 tackles for loss.

 

The preseason honors are beginning to roll in for Attaochu, who was named preseason first team All-ACC by Phil Steele's magazine.

 

Thomas has played in 41 career games and enters the 2013 season with a team-best seven interceptions. The Queensland (Ga.) native has played every position in the secondary and has returned punts in past seasons.

 

Attaochu and Thomas are two of nine players from the ACC on the Bednarik watch list.

 

The 19th annual Bednarik Award launched its preseason watch list Monday morning. The Bednarik Award has been presented to the College Defensive Player of the Year since 1995. Chuck Bednarik, former standout at Penn and with the Philadelphia Eagles, 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.

 

Last season, Manti Te'o made history by becoming the first player to win the Maxwell Award and the Chuck Bednarik Award in the same year.

Semifinalists for the Maxwell and Bednarik Awards will be announced Oct. 29, while the three finalists for each award will be unveiled Nov. 25th. The winners of the 2013 Maxwell and Bednarik Awards will be announced as part of the Home Depot College Football Awards Show held on Dec. 12th. The formal presentations of these awards will be made at the Maxwell Football Club Awards Gala hosted by Harrah's Entertainment Atlantic City on March 7, 2014

The watch list candidates have been chosen by the Maxwell Football Club's selection committee, which analyzes both past performance and future potential. The Club reserves the right to make additions and deletions to these lists as the 2013 season unfolds. All members of the Maxwell Football Club, NCAA sports information directors, FBS head coaches and selected national media are eligible to vote for the awards.

The Maxwell and Chuck Bednarik Awards are members of the National College Football Awards Association (NCFAA) which encompasses the most prestigious awards in college football. The 21 awards boast 678 years of tradition-selection excellence.

 

2012 WATCH LIST ROLL OUT

The members of the NCFAA are unveiling their preseason watch lists over a 12-day period this

month. Fifteen of the association's 21 awards select a preseason watch list and the NCFAA has

spearheaded a coordinated effort to promote each award's preseason candidates. Following is the

complete 2012 preseason watch list calendar:

Mon., July 9: Bednarik Award / Maxwell Award

Tue., July 10: Mackey Award / Rimington Trophy

Wed., July 11: Lou Groza Award / Ray Guy Award

Thurs., July 12: Bronko Nagurski Trophy / Outland Trophy

Fri., July 13: Jim Thorpe Award

Mon., July 16: Butkus Award / Rotary Lombardi Award

Tue., July 17: Biletnikoff Award

Wed., July 18: Davey O'Brien Award

Thurs., July 19: Doak Walker Award

Fri., July 20: Walter Camp Award

 

 

2013 Chuck Bednarik Award Watch List 

 

First

Last

Position

School

Class

Jeremiah

Attaochu

DE

Georgia Tech

Senior

Deion

Barnes

DE

Penn State

Junior

Calvin

Barnett

DT

Oklahoma State

Senior

C.J.

Barnett

S

Ohio State

Senior

Anthony

Barr

LB

UCLA

Senior

Lamin

Barrow

LB

LSU

Senior

Vic

Beasley

DE

Clemson

Junior

Deion

Belue

CB

Alabama

Senior

Bene

Benwikere

CB

San Jose State

Senior

Greg

Blair

LB

Cincinnati

Senior

Chris

Borland

LB

Wisconsin

Senior

Carl

Bradford

DE

Arizona State

Junior

Morgan

Breslin

DE

USC

Senior

Jonathan

Brown

LB

Illinois

Senior

Max

Bullough

LB

Michigan State

Senior

Ryan

Carrethers

DT

Arkansas State

Senior

Ha Ha

Clinton-Dix

S

Alabama

Junior

Jadeveon

Clowney

DE

South Carolina

Junior

Aaron

Colvin

CB

Oklahoma

Senior

Scott

Crichton

DE

Oregon State

Junior

Darqueze

Dennard

CB

Michigan State

Senior

Aaron

Donald

DT

Pittsburgh

Senior

Dominique

Easley

DT

Florida

Senior

Ifo

Ekpre-Olomu

CB

Oregon

Junior

Jake

Fely

LB

San Diego State

Junior

Devonte

Fields

DE

TCU

Sophomore

Jake

Fischer

LB

Arizona

Senior

Dee

Ford

DE

Auburn

Senior

E.J.

Gaines

CB

Missouri

Senior

Ben

Gardner

DE

Stanford

Senior

James

Gayle

DE

Virginia Tech

Senior

Ra'Shede

Hageman

DT

Minnesota

Senior

Bryce

Hager

LB

Baylor

Junior

Andre

Hal

CB

Vanderbilt

Senior

Bennett

Jackson

CB

Notre Dame

Senior

Andrew

Jackson

LB

Western Kentucky

Senior

Jackson

Jeffcoat

DE

Texas

Senior

Timmy

Jernigan

DT

Florida State

Junior

Anthony

Johnson

DT

LSU

Junior

A.J.

Johnson

LB

Tennessee

Junior

Christian

Jones

LB

Florida State

Senior

Lamarcus

Joyner

S

Florida State

Senior

Eric

Kendricks

LB

UCLA

Junior

DeDe

Lattimore

LB

South Florida

Senior

Craig

Loston

S

LSU

Senior

Khalil

Mack

LB

Buffalo

Senior

Kareem

Martin

DE

North Carolina

Senior

Daniel

McCullers

DT

Tennessee

Senior

Benardrick

McKinney

LB

Mississippi State

Sophomore

Jamal

Merrell

LB

Rutgers

Senior

James

Morris

LB

Iowa

Senior

C.J.

Mosley

LB

Alabama

Senior

Trent

Murphy

LB

Stanford

Senior

Roosevelt

Nix

DT

Kent State

Senior

Louis

Nix III

DT

Notre Dame

Senior

Calvin

Pryor

S

Louisville

Junior

Loucheiz

Purifoy

CB

Florida

Junior

Travis

Raciti

DT

San Jose State

Junior

Bradley

Roby

CB

Ohio State

Junior

Ryan

Shazier

LB

Ohio State

Junior

Prince

Shembo

LB

Notre Dame

Senior

Shayne

Skov

LB

Stanford

Senior

Yawin

Smallwood

LB

Connecticut

Junior

Derron

Smith

S

Fresno State

Junior

Chris

Smith

DE

Arkansas

Senior

Hakeem

Smith

S

Louisville

Senior

Will

Sutton

DT

Arizona State

Senior

Jemea

Thomas

CB

Georgia Tech

Senior

Stephon

Tuitt

DE

Notre Dame

Junior

Chidera

Uzo-Diribe

DE

Colorado

Senior

Kyle

Van Noy

LB

BYU

Senior

Jason

Verrett

CB

TCU

Senior

Nikita

Whitlock

DT

Wake Forest

Senior

Leonard

Williams

DT

USC

Sophomore

Ty

Zimmerman

S

Kansas State

Senior

 

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