WATCH LIST: Georgia has three LBs on Bednarik list for defensive stars

Watch list week kicked off Monday, with the Maxwell Award, Bednarik Award and Paul Hornung Award all releasing preseason watch lists. We'll be posting at least one of these lengthy roll calls each day this week, getting our minds set for football seasons before conference media days get started later this month.

The Chuck Bednarik Award has been given annually to the defensive player of the year in college football since 1995 by the Maxwell Football Club (also responsible for the Maxwell Award).

The 2014 watch list is headlined by three of the 2013 semifinalists -- Clemson defensive end Vic Beasley, Oregon cornerback Ifo Ekpre-Olomu and USC defensive end Leonard Williams -- while Stanford leads all teams with four players on the list. 

Check out the full 76-player list below, in alphabetical order, courtesy of the Maxwell Football Club: 

DE Henry Anderson, Stanford
LB Stephone Anthony, Clemson
DE Vic Beasley, Clemson
DT Michael Bennett, Ohio State
DE Joey Bosa, Ohio State
LB Kelby Brown, Duke
DT Malcom Brown, Texas
DE Shilique Calhoun, Michigan State
CB Alex Carter, Stanford
S Sam Carter, TCU
S Jeremy Cash, Duke
DE Frank Clark, Michigan
S Landon Collins, Alabama
DT Christian Covington, Rice
S Su’a Cravens, USC
DT Carl Davis, Iowa
LB Trey DePriest, Alabama
CB Quandre Diggs, Texas
CB Lorenzo Doss, Tulane
S Kurtis Drummond, Michigan State
DE Alvin Dupree, Kentucky
DE Mario Edwards, Florida State
CB Ifo Ekpre-Olomu, Oregon
LB Kyler Fackrell, Utah State
DE Devonte Fields, TCU
DE Trey Flowers, Arkansas
LB Leonard Floyd, Georgia
DE Dante Fowler, Florida
CB Kendall Fuller, Virginia Tech
DE Markus Golden, Missouri
DE Randy Gregory, Nebraska
LB Bryce Hager, Baylor
CB Vernon Hargreaves III, Florida
DE Eli Harold, Virginia
S Anthony Harris, Virginia
LB Ben Heeney, Kansas
DT Chucky Hunter, TCU
DE Martin Ifedi, Memphis
LB Myles Jack, UCLA
DT Grady Jarrett, Clemson
LB Jordan Jenkins, Georgia
LB A.J. Johnson, Tennessee
S Karl Joseph, West Virginia
LB Eric Kendricks, UCLA
LB Hau’oli Kikaha, Washington
CB Jordan Lucas, Penn State
DT Luther Maddy, Virginia Tech
LB Tyler Matakevich, Temple
LB Lorenzo Mauldin, Louisville
LB Benardrick McKinney, Mississippi State
DE Ryan Mueller, Kansas State
DE Shawn Oakman, Baylor
DE Norkeithus Otis, North Carolina
LB Denzel Perryman, Miami
LB Terrance Plummer, UCF
S Cody Prewitt, Ole Miss
LB Hayes Pullard, USC
DE Cedric Reed, Texas
S Jordan Richards, Stanford
DE A’Shawn Robinson, Alabama
DT James Rouse, Marshall
CB KeiVarae Russell, Notre Dame
LB Jake Ryan, Michigan
LB Frank Shannon, Oklahoma
DT Danny Shelton, Washington
S Derron Smith, Fresno State
LB Jaylon Smith, Notre Dame
LB Eric Striker, Oklahoma
DE Charles Tapper, Oklahoma
LB A.J. Tarpley, Stanford
S Robenson Therezie, Auburn
LB Shaq Thompson, Washington
CB Trae Waynes, Michigan State
DE Leonard Williams, USC
CB P.J. Williams, Florida State
LB Ramik Wilson, Georgia

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Chip Patterson has spent his young career covering college sports from the Old North State. He's been writing and talking about football and basketball for CBS Sports since 2010. You may have heard him... Full Bio

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