Release from the ACC:
The Atlantic Coast Conference had 15 players tabbed for the Chuck Bednarik Award preseason watch list the Maxwell Club announced Tuesday. The Bednarik Award is presented annually to the nation’s top collegiate defensive football player.
In all, the league had 30 players chosen for the Maxwell and Bednarik Awards preseason watch lists.
A total of 90 players were named to the Bednarik Award preseason watch list. Clemson led all ACC teams with three selections in LB Ben Boulware, CB Cordrea Tankersley and DT Carlos Watkins.
Florida State, with S Derwin James and DE DeMarcus Walker, Louisville with LBs Devonte Fields and Keith Kelsey, and Pitt with DE Ejuan Price and S Jordan Whitehead, each had two players chosen.
Nine ACC schools had at least one player chosen for the Bednarik Award preseason watch list, and 12 of the 14 ACC programs had at least one person named to either the Bednarik or Maxwell Award watch lists.
The last player from an ACC school to win the Bednarik Award was Pitt DT Aaron Donald in 2013.
The ACC Players chosen for the 2016 preseason Bednarik Award preseason watch list are:
Name School Pos. Ht. Wt. Cl. Hometown
Quin Blanding Virginia S 6-4 215 Jr. Virginia Beach, Va.
Ben Boulware Clemson LB 5-11 240 Sr. Anderson, S.C.
Bradley Chubb NC State DE 6-4 273 Jr. Powder Springs, Ga.
Chuck Clark Virginia Tech FS 6-1 204 Sr. Suffolk, Va.
DeVon Edwards Duke CB 5-9 180 Sr.-R Covington, Ga.
Devonte Fields Louisville LB 6-4 245 Sr. Ft. Worth, Texas
Derwin James Florida State S 6-3 213 So. Haines City, Fla.
Keith Kelsey Louisville LB 6-1 236 Sr. Gainesville, Fla.
Micah Kiser Virginia LB 6-2 245 Jr.-R Baltimore, Md.
Matt Milano Boston College LB 6-1 218 Sr. Orlando, Fla.
Ejuan Price Pitt DE 6-0 250 Sr.-R Rankin, Pa.
Cordrea Tankersley Clemson CB 6-1 195 Sr. Beech Island, S.C.
DeMarcus Walker Florida State DE 6-3 273 Sr. Jacksonville, Fla.
Carlos Watkins Clemson DT 6-3 300 Sr.-R Mooresboro, N.C.
Jordan Whitehead Pitt S 5-11 185 So. Aliquippa, Pa.