UCLA LB Barr, Alabama LB Mosley headline Bednarik semifinalists
The Maxwell Football Club announced the semifinalists for the Chuck Bedarik Award for Outstanding Defensive Player of the Year.
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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