Amukamara is one of 16 semifinalists for the 16th
Chuck Bednarik Award for the Outstanding Defensive Player of the Year, while
Martinez is among 16 semifinalists for the 74th Maxwell Trophy for
the Collegiate Player of the Year. Both awards are selected by the Maxwell
Football Club. Ndamukong Suh was the recipient of the Bednarik Award last
The 6-1, 200-pound Amukamara is among the national leaders
with 10 pass breakups, leading a Nebraska defense that ranks fourth nationally
in pass efficiency defense and sixth in passing yards allowed. Amukamara was
also recently named one of 10 semifinalists for the Jim Thorpe Award for the
nation's top defensive back. Amukamara was one of two Big 12 defensive players
on the list along with Texas defensive end Sam Acho.
Martinez was the only freshman among the 16 semifinalists for
the Maxwell Award. The 6-1, 205-pounder has gained 886 rushing yards and has 12
rushing touchdowns despite missing the past 1 ½ games because of injury. He has
also thrown for 1,161 yards and nine touchdowns against just three
Martinez is third nationally among quarterbacks in rushing
yards per game, and is within striking distance of the NCAA record for rushing
yards by a freshman quarterback. He is one of five Big 12 players on the Maxwell
semifinalist list, joining Justin Blackmon and Kendall Hunter of Oklahoma State,
Robert Griffin III of Baylor and Ryan Broyles of Oklahoma.
Three finalists for both of the awards will be announced on Monday, Nov. 22.