Every summer before the football season starts, the National
College Football Awards Association comes out with their annual preseason watch
lists. Over the next couple of weeks, they will roll out their top candidates
for each individual award.
Yesterday, the 22nd Annual Chuck Bednarik Award
watch list was released. This award is given to college football’s National Defensive Player of the Year. The award will be
announced on December 8 at the Home Depot College Football Awards Show on ESPN.
a linebacker from Temple University, won the award in 2015. He is the 7th
player of all time that has recorded 100-plus tackles all four years of
college. Matakevich was drafted in the 7th
round by the Pittsburgh
On October 31, the semifinalists for the Bednarik Award will
be announced. On November 22, the 3 finalists will be revealed.
Here are the players that have been nominated for receiving
the 2016 award.