Penn State defensive tackle Devon Still has garnered a lot of attention in the first half of the season for constantly finding his way into opposing defense's backfields. So much so that on Tuesday he was added to the Chuck Bednarik Award Watch List. One of a group of end-of-the-season honors presented by the Maxwell Football Club, the Bednarik award is given to the nation's top defensive player.
Still, a Wilmington, Del. native, has emerged as a driving force of Penn State's improved defense that ranks in the top five in total defense, scoring defense and pass defense. The 6-foot-5, 310-pound lineman has 30 tackles, including a whopping nine for loss. Still, who doubles as a team co-captain, also has two sacks and a fumble recovery this season.
The original watch list consisted of 65 players before 11 were added on Tuesday. It will be narrowed to semifinalists on Oct. 31 before three finalists are selected on Nov. 21. Last year's winner was LSU defensive back Patrick Peterson. Former Penn State linebackers Paul Posluszny (2005 and 2006), Dan Connor (2007) and LaVar Arrington (1998) previously won the award.