COLLEGE STATION - Despite the season just beginning its second half, awards are flying around the conversation in the College Football world. One award that could go to multiple finalists would be the Chuck Bednarik Award, granted to the top defensive player each season.
Although Texas A&M is known for its team style of playing, one Aggie made the cut for the group of semifinalists. From here on out, their performance could have them moving to the final round come early December.
Texas A&M’s Justin Madubuike has been named a semifinalist for the 2019 Bednarik Award. The news was announced Tuesday by the Maxwell Football Club.
The junior defensive lineman from McKinney, Texas, is one of two representatives from Texas and among six student-athletes from the Southeastern Conference named as a semifinalist. This season, Madubuike has accounted for 7.5 tackles for loss to go along with 28 tackles, 2.5 sacks, a forced fumble, an interception and a blocked kick.
Here is the list of the semifinalist heading into the final month of action:
Xavier McKinney, S, Alabama
Derrick Brown, DT, Auburn
Curtis Weaver, DE, Boise State
Evan Weaver, LB, Cal
Isaiah Simmons, LB, Clemson
Marvin Wilson, NG, Florida
J.R. Reed, S, Georgia
Derek Stingley, CB, LSU
Jeffrey Okudah, CB, Ohio State
Chase Young, DE, Ohio State
Neville Gallimore, DT, Oklahoma
Kenneth Murray, LB, Oklahoma
Yetur Gross-Matos, DE, Penn State
Micah Parsons, LB, Penn State
Javon Kinlaw, DT, South Carolina
Justin Madubuike, DL, Texas A&M
Jordyn Brooks, LS, Texas Tech
Bradlee Anae, DE, Utah
David Woodward, LB, Utah State
Zack Baun, DE, Wisconsin