UCLA LB Barr, Alabama LB Mosley headline Bednarik semifinalists

Anthony Barr is one of 16 semifinalists for defensive player of the year. (USATSI)
Anthony Barr is one of 16 semifinalists for defensive player of the year. (USATSI)

While the Maxwell Award has repeat semifinalists from 2012, the semifinalists for the Chuck Bednarik Award, giving annually to the most outstanding defensive player in college football, are all making their first appearance on this list.

Both the Maxwell Award and Bednarik Award are selected by the Maxwell Football Club National Selection Committee. Last season, both awards were won by the same player -- Notre Dame linebacker Manti Te'o, now with the San Diego Chargers -- for the first time ever. No players will be eligible for such a distinction in 2013 as none of the Bedarik semifinalists listed below are also included on the Maxwell Award's list of semifinalists.

Six different conferences are represented in the group of 16 candidates, with five players coming from the ACC. Twelve of the players are seniors, and USC sophomore defensive end Leonard Williams is the only underclassman.

The winners will be named as part of the Home Depot College Football Awards Show on Dec. 12.

LB Anthony Barr , UCLA Bruins

DE Vic Beasley , Clemson Tigers

LB Chris Borland , Wisconsin Badgers

DT Aaron Donald , Pittsburgh Panthers

CB Ifo Ekpre-Olomu , Oregon Ducks

CB Kyle Fuller , Virginia Tech Hokies

DE Jackson Jeffcoat , Texas Longhorns

CB Lamarcus Joyner , Florida State Seminoles

LB Khalil Mack , Buffalo Bulls

LB C.J. Mosley , Alabama Crimson Tide

LB Trent Murphy , Stanford Cardinal

DE Michael Sam , Missouri Tigers

LB Ryan Shazier , Ohio State Buckeyes

LB Kyle Van Noy , Brigham Young Cougars

DT Nikita Whitlock , Wake Forest Demon Deacons

DE Leonard Williams , Southern California Trojans

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