Alabama Football’s Raekwon Davis, Anfernee Jennings and Mack Wilson Named to Bednarik Award Watch List
TUSCALOOSA, Ala. – Alabama defensive lineman Raekwon Davis and linebackers Anfernee Jennings and Mack Wilson have been named to the 2018 Bednarik Award Watch List announced today by the Maxwell Football Club of Philadelphia.
The three are among 85 players from around the country named to the preseason list. Alabama has claimed the award in each of the last two seasons with Minkah Fitzpatrick taking home the award last year. Jonathan Allen became the Crimson Tide’s first recipient of the award in 2016.
Davis established himself as one of the top defensive line prospects in the Southeastern Conference as a sophomore. The Meridian, Miss., native finished the 2017 season with a team-leading 8.5 sacks, along with 45 tackles, 10 tackles for loss, a fumble return and his first career interception.
Jennings transitioned into a starting role as a sophomore a season ago and developed into a powerful threat off the edge for the Tide defense. He finished the season with 41 tackles, six tackles for loss and a sack. The Dadeville, Ala., native also broke up two passes and registered four quarterback hurries in 2017.
Wilson was dominant in the postseason for the Crimson Tide in 2017, posting 18 tackles, three tackles for loss and an interception return for a touchdown in the final two games of the season, including a career-high and team-leading 12 stops in the College Football Playoff National Championship Game.
The Chuck Bednarik Award has been presented annually since 1995 by the Maxwell Football Club of Philadelphia to the top defensive player in college football. The award is named in honor of former college and NFL Hall of Fame linebacker Chuck Bednarik. The 2018 winner will be announced at the ESPN Home Depot College Football Awards Show in December.