– Temple senior linebacker Tyler Matakevich
has been named a finalist for the Chuck Bednarik Award given to the nation's best defensive player by the Maxwell Football Club it was announced today. Matakevich joins two other finalists for the prestigious award: Penn State's Carl Nassib and Alabama's Reggie Ragland.
The announcement was made on The Home Depot College Football Awards Nomination Special at 5:00 p.m. this evening on ESPNU.
The Stratford, Conn., native is the only FBS players to lead his team in tackles every game of the 2015 season. Matakevich is college football's active leader with 462 career tackles. This year he has 107 tackles, making him just the seventh college football player to ever register 100+ tackles in four different seasons. He also leads the nation in interceptions among linebackers with a career-high five and also reached career-highs in sacks (4.0) and tackles for loss (11.5).
The announcement of the 2015 winner of the Bednarik Award will be made as part of the ESPN Home Depot 25th Anniversary College Football Awards which will be broadcast live from the College Football Hall of Fame in Atlanta, Georgia on Thursday December 10, 2015. The Chuck Bednarik Award will be presented by Coach Dick Vermeil who is a Super Bowl winning coach with the St. Louis Rams and former head coach of the Philadelphia Eagles and Kansas City Chiefs. Vermeil is also a longtime member of the Maxwell Football Club Board of Governors.
Named after Chuck Bednarik, the award is given to the nation's best defensive player. Bednarik, known as the "Iron Man" and "Concrete Charlie," was a two-way standout with the Philadelphia Eagles for 14 years. A three-time All-American at the University of Pennsylvania, Bednarik is a member of both the College and Pro Football Hall of Fames. He passed away earlier this year, just shy of his 90th