Chuck Bednarik Award

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Chuck Bednarik Award
Awarded for College Defensive Player of the Year
Country United States
Presented by Maxwell Football Club
First awarded 1995
Currently held by Tyler Matakevich, Temple
Official website Chuck Bednarik Award

The Chuck Bednarik Award is presented annually to the defensive collegiate football player adjudged by the Maxwell Football Club to be the best in the United States. The award is named for Chuck Bednarik, a former collegiate and professional American football player. Voters for the Maxwell College Awards are NCAA Head College Football Coaches, members of the Maxwell Football Club & sportswriters and sportscasters from across the country.

The Maxwell Club is located in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania and the presentations are held in Atlantic City, New Jersey. Club members are given voting privileges for the award; just over one-fifth of Bednarik winners are from Penn State.


Year Player School
1995 Pat Fitzgerald Northwestern
1996 Pat Fitzgerald Northwestern
1997 Charles Woodson Michigan
1998 Dat Nguyen Texas A&M
1999 LaVar Arrington Penn State
2000 Dan Morgan Miami
2001 Julius Peppers North Carolina
2002 E. J. Henderson Maryland
2003 Teddy Lehman Oklahoma
2004 David Pollack Georgia
2005 Paul Posluszny[1] Penn State
2006 Paul Posluszny Penn State
2007 Dan Connor Penn State
2008 Rey Maualuga USC
2009 Ndamukong Suh Nebraska
2010 Patrick Peterson LSU
2011 Tyrann Mathieu LSU
2012 Manti Te'o Notre Dame
2013 Aaron Donald Pittsburgh
2014 Scooby Wright III Arizona
2015 Tyler Matakevich Temple

Trophies won by school[edit]

School Winners
Penn State 4
Northwestern 2
Georgia 1
Maryland 1
Miami 1
Michigan 1
Nebraska 1
North Carolina 1
Notre Dame 1
Oklahoma 1
Pittsburgh 1
Texas A&M 1
Arizona 1
Temple 1


  1. ^ "Posluszny wins the Bednarik Award". Beaver County Times. December 9, 2005. p. B1. Retrieved October 17, 2016. 

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