Nebraska senior linebackers Bo Ruud and Corey McKeon were both tagged for the 2007 Bednarik Award Watch List on Monday based on their stellar performances last season. The Bednarik Award is presented each season to the nation's top defensive player.
Ruud started 23 games
at WILL linebacker for the Huskers in his career, and become an important member
of the Nebraska Blackshirt defense. The Lincoln, Neb.,
native owns 162 tackles, three interceptions and 16 quarterback hurries in his
career, and is a two-time All-Big 12 honorable mention.
McKeon enters his third season as
NU's starting MIKE linebacker in 2007, posting 117 tackles and eight sacks in
his career. McKeon also owns both the Nebraska season (22) and single-game (5)
records for tackles for a loss. A 2006 All-Big 12 honorable mention, this is
McKeon's second time on the Bednarik Watch List (2006).
The Bednarik Award was created in
1995 in honor of former University of Pennsylvania and Philadelphia Eagles
great, Chuck Bednarik, who is a member of both the College and NFL Halls of
Fame. In 12 years, no Husker has won the award, which is voted on by NCAA Head
College Football Coaches, members of the Maxwell Football Club and sportswriters
and sportscasters from across the country.
Semifinalists for the Bednarik Award
will be announced in early November and three finalists for each award will be
announced on Nov. 26, 2007. The winner of the 2007 Bednarik Award will be
announced as part of the ESPN Home Depot College Football Awards Show on Dec. 6,