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Matakevich Named to Chuck Bednarik Award Watch List

PHILADELPHIA - The Maxwell Football Club today announced its watch lists for the 79th annual Maxwell Award and the 21st annual Chuck Bednarik Award. Temple's senior linebacker Tyler Matakevich has made the watch list for the Chuck Bednarik Award.

The Maxwell Award, named in honor of Robert W. "Tiny" Maxwell, has been given to America's College Player of the Year since 1937. Maxwell's contributions to the game of football were extensive, including time as a player, a sportswriter and an official. The Bednarik Award has been presented to the College Defensive Player of the Year since 1995. Chuck Bednarik, former standout at Penn and with the Philadelphia Eagles, is a member of both the College Football Hall of Fame's Class of '69 and the NFL Hall of Fame's Class of '67.

Matakevich has made the college football world take notice since he won the Big East conference freshman player of the year in 2012 when he became the first Temple freshman to eclipse the 100-tackle plateau. Now entering his senior season, the Stratford, Conn., native has strung together three seasons with over 100 tackles and can become only the seventh player in NCAA history to reach that milestone in four straight seasons. His 355 career tackles leads all active players entering the 2015 season and are over 60 more than his closest competitor.

The watch lists will once again incorporate a broad spectrum of Football Bowl Subdivision (FBS) programs and conferences from coast to coast. The Chuck Bednarik Award watch list is headlined by 2014 winner Arizona LB Scooby Wright and features six of last year's semifinalists. Last season's runner-up for the award, Ohio State DE Joey Bosa, joins other returning semifinalists, including Michigan State DE Shilique Calhoun, Florida CB Vernon Hargreaves III, Baylor DE Shawn Oakman and Notre Dame LB Jaylon Smith. 
 
The Maxwell Football Club is a member of the National College Football Awards Association (NCFAA) which encompasses the most prestigious awards in college football. The 22 awards boast over 700 years of tradition-selection excellence. Visit www.NCFAA.org to learn more about our story.

Beginning in 2015, The Home Depot College Football Awards will have a new home at the College Football Hall of Fame and Chick-fil-A Fan Experience in downtown Atlanta. Airing live on ESPN on December 10, 2015, college football's brightest stars will be honored for their performance on and off the field.
 
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