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ATLANTIC COAST CONFERENCE: ACC Has 18 Selected to 2017 Bednarik Watch List

The ACC Has 18 Selected to 2017 Bednarik Watch List

Bednarik Watch List Total is the Most of Any Conference

League Also Has 11 Tabbed for the Maxwell Award List

Greensboro, N.C. (theACC.com) – The Atlantic Coast Conference had 18 players selected to the 2017 Preseason Bednarik Award Watch List, the Maxwell Football Club announced Monday. That is the highest total of any conference.

The Bednarik Award is given annually to the nation’s top defensive player.

The ACC also had 11 players chosen for the Maxwell Award, including the 2016 recipient in Louisville’s Lamar Jackson. The Maxwell Award is given annually to the nation’s top football player. Jackson, who also captured the 2016 Heisman Trophy, became the first Louisville player to win the Maxwell last year.

This year marks the 81st annual Maxwell Award and the 23rd annual Bednarik Award. The Maxwell Award, named in honor of Robert W. "Tiny" Maxwell, has been given to America's College Player of the Year since 1937. Maxwell's contributions to the game of football were extensive, including time as a player, a sportswriter and an official. The Bednarik Award has been presented to the College Defensive Player of the Year since 1995. Chuck Bednarik, former standout at Penn and with the Philadelphia Eagles, is a member of both the College Football Hall of Fame's Class of '69 and the NFL Hall of Fame's Class of '67.

In all, the ACC had 29 selections on the Bednarik and Maxwell Award Watch Lists, which includes three players—Boston College defensive end Harold Landry, Florida State defensive back Derwin James and Clemson defensive tackle Christian Wilkins—who were named to both watch lists.

ACC Players Selected to the 2017 Preseason Bednarik Award Watch List:

Jaire Alexander, CB, Louisville

Quin Blanding, S, Virginia

Bradley Chubb, DE, NC State

Tremaine Edmunds, LB, Virginia Tech

Duke Ejiofor, DE, Wake Forest

Ben Humphreys, LB, Duke

Derwin James, DB, Florida State

Micah Kiser, LB, Virginia

Harold Landry, DE, Boston College

Dexter Lawrence, DT, Clemson

Tarvarus McFadden, CB, Florida State

Derrick Nnadi, DT, Florida State

Kendrick Norton, DT, Miami

Shaq Quarterman, LB, Miami

M.J. Stewart, CB, North Carolina

Matthew Thomas, LB, Florida State

Jordan Whitehead, S, Pitt

Christian Wilkins, DT, Clemson

ACC Players Selected to the 2017 Preseason Maxwell Award Watch List:

Eric Dungey, QB, Syracuse

Deondre Francois, QB, Florida State

Quadree Henderson, WR-KR, Pitt

Lamar Jackson, QB, Louisville

Derwin James, DB, Florida State

Daniel Jones, QB, Duke

Harold Landry, DE, Boston College

Dedrick Mills, RB, Georgia Tech

Jaylen Samuels, AP, NC State

Mark Walton, RB, Miami

Christian Wilkins, DT, Clemson

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MIKE FINN

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