Linebacker U. has a deep tradition with the Bednarick Award, leading the nation with four winners. Dan Connor was honored with it in 2007, Paul Posluszny became the just the second-time two-time winner in 2005 and 2006 and LaVar Arrington also won the award in 1999.
2009 Bednarik Award Preseason Watch List:
DE Rahim Alem, LSU, Sr.
LB Pat Angerer, Iowa, Sr.
DT Geno Atkins, Georgia, Sr.
DT Marvin Austin, North Carolina, Jr.
DE Jeremy Beal, Oklahoma, Jr.
S Eric Berry, Tennessee, Jr.
LB Navorro Bowman, Penn State, Jr.
S Morgan Burnett, Georgia Tech, Jr.
LB Reggie Carter, UCLA, Sr.
DT Terrence Cody, Alabama, Sr.
DE Antonio Coleman, Auburn, Sr.
LB Rennie Curran, Georgia, Jr.
DE Dexter Davis, Arizona State, Sr.
LB Ryan D'Imperio, Rutgers, Sr.
DE Carlos Dunlap, Florida, Jr.
DE Brandon Graham, Michigan, Sr.
DE Greg Hardy, Ole Miss, Sr.
DE Jerry Hughes, TCU, Sr.
DT Arthur Jones, Syracuse, Sr.
LB Greg Jones, Michigan State, Jr.
DE Sergio Kindle, Texas, Sr.
DE Jammie Kirlew, Indiana, Sr.
LB Keaton Kristick, Oregon State, Sr.
LB Sean Lee, Penn State, Sr.
LB Travis Lewis, Oklahoma, So.
CB Trevard Lindley, Kentucky, Sr.
LB Scott Lutrus, Connecticut, Jr.
S Taylor Mays, USC, Sr.
LB Rolando McClain, Alabama, Jr.
DT Gerald McCoy, Oklahoma, Jr.
LB Rico McCoy, Tennessee, Sr.
LB Roddrick Muckelroy, Texas, Sr.
LB Eric Norwood, South Carolina, Sr.
DT Jared Odrick, Penn State, Sr.
DT Vince Oghobaase, Duke, Sr.
LB Joe Pawelek, Baylor, Sr.
DT Brian Price, UCLA, Jr.
DE Greg Romeus, Pittsburgh, Jr.
DE George Selvie, USF, Sr.
DT Malcolm Sheppard, Arkansas, Sr.
LB Brandon Spikes, Florida, Sr.
S Darrell Stuckey, Kansas, Sr.
LB Quan Sturdivant, North Carolina, Jr.
DT Ndamukong Suh, Nebraska, Sr.
DE Daniel Te'o-Nesheim, Washington, Sr.
CB Syd'Quan Thompson, California, Sr.
DE Will Tukuafu, Oregon, Sr.
CB Alterraun Verner, UCLA, Sr.
LB Sean Weatherspoon, Missouri, Sr.
LB Reed Williams, West Virginia, Sr.
CB Kyle Wilson, Boise State, Sr.
DE Corey Wootton, Northwestern, Sr.
DE Jason Worilds, Virginia Tech, Jr.
LB Alex Wujciak, Maryland, Jr.
DE Willie Young, N.C. State, Sr.