OAKLAND--Pitt defensive end Ejuan Price has been named a semifinalist for the Chuck Bednarik Award, which is presented every year to college football's most outstanding defensive player.
Price is one of 18 players named to the list and one of nine defensive ends. Other players of note are LSU defensive end Arden Key, Michigan linebacker Jabrill Peppers, Texas A&M defensive end Myles Garrett and Alabama defensive end Jonathan Allen.
Aaron Donald won the award in 2013.
Below are Price's 2016 stats and how they compare to the best statistical defensive ends in the past eight years. Price's projected 2016 stats are listed in parenthesis.
|Statistic||Ejuan Price, Pitt 2015||Carl Nassib, PSU 2015||Nate Orchard, Utah 2014||Jackson Jeffcoat, Texas 2013||Jadeveon Clowney, SC 2012||Whitney Mercilus, Illinois 2011||Da’Quan Bowers, Clemson 2010||Jerry Hughes, TCU 2009||Brian Orakpo, Texas 2008|
|combined tackles||27.5 (44.7)||38.5||69||51||47||42.5||53.5||45||36|
|Tackles for loss||16 (26)||19.5||21||19||23.5||22.5||25||16.5||17.5|
|QB hurries||9 (14.6)||0||2||15||5||6||11||7||15|
|Forced fumbles||3 (4.9)||6||3||2||5||9||2||2||4|
|Awards||?||Lombardi, Hendricks||Hendricks||Hendricks||Hendricks||Hendricks||Nagurski, Hendricks||Hendricks||Lombardi, Hendricks