PISCATAWAY, N.J. (June 9, 2012) –The Maxwell Football Club today announced its watch for the 18th annual Bednarik Award and Rutgers is one of 19 schools nationally with at least two players on the list – senior linebacker Khaseem Greene (Elizabeth, N.J.) and junior cornerback Logan Ryan (Berlin, N.J.).
Greene, the 2011 BIG EAST Co-Defensive Player of the Year, led the conference and ranked 12th nationally in tackles in 2012 (141). Greene received All-America honors in 2011 by SI.com and Phil Steele and is a 2012 Preseason All-America selection.
Ryan finished with All-BIG EAST Second Team honors in 2011 as a first-year starter. The South Jersey native finished third on the team in tackles (67) and led RU in pass breakups (14) as part of the nation’s ninth-best pass defense.
Both players were key contributors to a Rutgers defense that was 14th nationally in 2011 in total defense and eighth in scoring defense.
The Bednarik Award has been presented to the nation's top defensive player since 1995. A former standout at Penn and with the Philadelphia Eagles, Chuck Bednarik 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.
Semifinalists for the Bednarik Award will be announced October 29, and the three finalists for each award will be unveiled November 19. The winner of the 2012 Bednarik Awards will be announced as part of the Home Depot ESPNU College Football Awards Show held on December 6.
The formal presentation of these awards will be made at the Maxwell Football Club Awards Gala hosted by Harrah's Entertainment Atlantic City on March 1, 2013. The watch list candidates have been chosen by the Maxwell Football Club's selection committee, evaluating past performance and future potential. The Club reserves the right to make additions and deletions to these lists as the 2012 season unfolds.
All members of the Maxwell Football Club, NCAA sports information directors, head coaches and selected national media are eligible to vote for the awards.
The Bednarik Award is a member of the National College Football Awards Association (NCFAA). The NCFAA was founded in 1997 as a coalition of the major collegiate football awards to protect, preserve and enhance the integrity, influence and prestige of the game's predominant awards. The NCFAA encourages professionalism and the highest standards for the administration of its member awards and the selection of their candidates and recipients. For more information, visit the association's official website at NCFAA.org.