The Chuck Bednarik Award, presented by Cracker Barrel, is given out to the “Outstanding Collegiate Defensive Player of the Year” Here’s a preview on the Chuck Bednarik Award Watch List candidates from the PAC 12 – A look into who they were last season, and who they can potentially be this season.
S John Boyett (Senior, Oregon)
Boyett has consistently been the leader for the underrated Ducks defense with his physical play. Last season he led the team in tackles with 105, adding 3.5 tackles for loss, seven passes broken up, and two blocked kicks. Expect to see Boyett making an impact on almost every play next season.
DE Dion Jordan (Senior, Oregon) While Boyett is the General in the secondary, Jordan is the anchor in the box. Jordan is an extremely versatile defensive end, who is athletic enough to line up as a linebacker regardless of his 6-6 size. Jordan should put excellent numbers as he broke out last season with 13 tackles for loss, including 7.5 sacks.
CB Jordan Poyer (Senior, ...