Carter Jr. Named to 2017 Bednarik Award Watch List

Carter Jr. Named to 2017 Bednarik Award Watch List”

Richardson is a senior defensive tackle and is a menacing force for the Gophers.

And Penn State football has started off the season strong with four players named to the watch lists for the Maxwell Award and the Bednarik Award, which were revealed Monday. He was named third-team All-Big Ten by Big Ten coaches, Athlon Sports, and Phil Steele.

Now a junior, Jefferson enters his third season as a starter for Texas after recording 62 tackles and 5.5 sacks in 2016.

Alexander, the U of L All-American cornerback, is on the Chuck Bednarik Award watch list, which goes to the top defensive player. The Bulldogs lost their season opener a year ago to South Alabama, falling 21-20 after Westin Graves' 28-yard field-goal try in the final seconds hit the upright and bounced left. West Virginia, tying for the eighth-best single-game effort in school history.

For his career, Smith has rushed 397 times for 1,828 yards in 25 games. His 1,828 yards is tied for 19th all-time in school history.

A native of Charleston, S.C., Park posted prolific passing numbers after taking over signal-calling duties for the Cyclones late in the 2016 season. Blanding has finished the past three seasons No. 2 in the ACC in tackles and his 358 career stops now ranks No. 9 all-time in the UVA annals.

Semifinalists for the Bednarik Award will be announced October 30, 2017, while the three finalists will be unveiledNov. 20, 2017. The victor of the 2016 Bednarik Award will be announced as part of the Home Depot College Football Awards Show held on December 7, 2017. The 23 awards boast over 745 years of tradition-selection excellence. The members of the NCFAA are unveiling their preseason watch lists over a 12-day period this month.

Watch list season is officially upon us, so be prepared to see a few Virginia Tech players floated around on watch lists.

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