AUBURN, Ala. — Auburn’s Carl Lawson was named a semifinalist for the Chuck Bednarik Award on Monday afternoon.
The honor is presented to the most outstanding defensive player of the year.
Lawson has been a key leader on the Tiger’s dominant defensive line this season. Through Auburn’s first eight games the junior recorded 18 tackles (9 solo and 9 for loss) and 7.5 sacks, and that’s just the beginning.
Even when the Georgia native doesn’t reach to an opposing quarterback, he still manages to affect them. The 6-foot-2, 253 pound Lawson has forced one fumble — which led to fellow lineman Montravius Adams’ first career score — and hurried opposing passers 21 times.
There’s also a long list of impressive defensive stars up for the Chuck Bednarik Award, including: Jonathan Allen (Alabama), Reuben Foster (Alabama), Jarrad Davis (Florida), Arden Key (LSU), Tre’Davious White (LSU) and Myles Garrett (LSU).
Last year Temple linebacker Tyler Matakevich was named the Bednarik Award winner.
The winners of the Awards will be announced on December 8, 2016 during the Home Depot College Football Award Show.