Earlier this week, Amukamara was also named one of 16 semifinalists for the Chuck Bednarik Award for the Outstanding Defensive Player of the Year. Nebraska's Ndamukong Suh won the Bednarik Award last season and was a finalist for the Lott Trophy. Amukamara was also named one of 10 semifinalists for the Jim Thorpe Award earlier this month. That award is presented to the nation's best defensive back.
A native of Glendale, Ariz., Amukamara is among the nation's leaders with 10 pass breakups this season. Opponents have been shy about testing the 6-1, 205-pound corner, allowing only 11 pass completions. He is a major reason why Nebraska ranks in the top five in pass efficiency defense for the second straight season. Amukamara has also added 36 tackles, including his first sack of the season last week at Iowa State.