Arkansas senior defensive lineman Deatrich Wise was named to the watch list for the 22nd annual Bednarik Award, the Maxwell Football Club announced Tuesday.
The Bednarik Award is presented to the college defensive player of the year and has been awarded to an SEC player only twice.
Wise totaled 31 tackles, eight sacks and three forced fumbles during the 2015 season. All eight of the lineman's sacks came during conference play.
The 6-foot-5-inch lineman recorded seven sacks through the final four regular-season games.
Wise is one of nine returning defensive starters for the second-ranked rush defense in the SEC in 2015.