The Chuck Bednarik Award is presented to the best defensive player in college football. Texas defensive lineman T’Vondre Sweat made the list of semifinalists for the award on Monday, the Maxwell Football Club announced.
Sweat, who anchors the Longhorns’ defensive line, has 35 tackles (15 solo) and 7.5 tackles for loss. Texas ranks 8th nationally in rushing defense and gives up just 90.1 yards on the ground each game.
The semifinalist list of 17 players will be whittled down to three on November 28th. The winner of the award will be announced on December 8th at the Home Depot College Football Awards Show.
2023 Chuck Bednarik Award Semifinalists
Dallas Turner – Alabama LB
Jeremiah Trotter Jr. – Clemson LB
Malaki Starks – Georgia DB
Jer’Zhan Newton – Illinois DL
Cooper DeJean – Iowa DB
T.J Tampa Iowa – State DB
Jalen Green – James Madison DL
Ashton Gillotte – Louisville DL
Kris Jenkins – Michigan DL
Kris Abrams-Draine – Missouri DB
Payton Wilson – North Carolina State LB
Howard Cross III – Notre Dame DL
Tommy Eichenberg – Ohio State LB
Jason Henderson – Old Dominion LB
T’Vondre Sweat – Texas DL
Edgerrin Cooper – Texas A&M LB
Quinyon Mitchell – Toledo CB
Laiatu Latu – UCLA DL
Jonah Elliss – Utah DE
Beanie Bishop Jr. – West Virginia CB