PHILADELPHIA, Pa. - Oregon State sophomore defensive end Scott Crichton was among four players added to the 18th annual Chuck Bednarik Award Watch List as announced by the Maxwell Football Club Wednesday. The award annually recognizes the most outstanding defensive player in college football.
Crichton, a native of Tacoma, Wash., has been a force at defensive end since earning a starting job at defensive end as a redshirt freshman in 2011. Crichton, who registered six sacks and 14.5 tackles-for-loss as a freshman, has already has surpassed last year's production with eight sacks during the first half of 2012. His 14 career sacks already ranks tied for ninth in the Oregon State record books. A Freshman All-American in 2011, Crichton set the OSU single season record for forced fumbles as a freshman.
The watch list candidates have been chosen by the Maxwell Football Club's Selection Committee and the Maxwell Club reserves the right to make additions and subtractions to these lists as the 2012 season unfolds. All members of the Maxwell Football Club, NCAA Sports Information Directors, Head Coaches and selected national media are eligible to vote for this award.
Semifinalists for the Bednarik Award will be announced on October 29th and three finalists will be announced November 19th. The winner of the Bednarik Award will be announced as part of the Home Depot College Football Awards Show which will be held on December 6th. The formal presentation of the award will be made at the Maxwell Football Club Awards Gala hosted by Harrah's Entertainment Atlantic City on March 1, 2013.
Oregon State returns to the field this Saturday, Oct. 27 to face the Washington Huskies at CenturyLink Field in Seattle at 7:15 p.m.