Rey Maualuga from the University of Southern California was awarded the 14th Chuck Bednarik Award for his outstanding performance during the 2008 season. Maualuga is now a member of the Cincinnati Bengals. Recent winners include Dan Connor ( Penn State ), Paul Posluszny ( Penn State ), David Pollack ( Georgia ) and Teddy Lehman ( Oklahoma ).
Semifinalists for the Chuck Bednarik Award will be announced on November 4th and three finalists for the award will be announced November 23rd. The winner of the 2009 Chuck Bednarik Award will be announced as part of the Home Depot ESPNU College Football Awards Show which will be held on December 10, 2009. The formal presentation of this award will be made at the Maxwell Football Club Awards Gala hosted by Harrah's Entertainment Atlantic City on March 5, 2010.