Peppers Wins Bednarik Award

Orlando, Fla. ---- University of North Carolina defensive end Julius Peppers won the Chuck Bednarik Award as the nation's top defensive player and was named a first-team All-America by the Walter Camp Football Foundation on Thursday evening at the Home Depot College Football Awards Show.

Peppers, who won the 2001 Rotary Lombardi Award as the nation's top lineman on Wednesday evening in Houston, has now earned first-team All-America honors from Football News, the Football Writers (FWAA), AFCA and Walter Camp.

A 6-6, 285-pound junior, Peppers had 63 tackles this season, including 19 tackles for loss, 9.5 sacks, three interceptions and nine pass breakups. He led all defensive lineman in the country with three interceptions and returned one for a touchdown at Oklahoma. Peppers is second at Carolina with 53 career tackles for loss and 30.5 career sacks.

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