Ron Stone Jr. Named to Bednarik Award Watch List
PHILADELPHIA (August 1, 2022) – Washington State EDGE Ron Stone Jr. was named to the 2022 Bednarik Award Watch List, the Maxwell Football Club announced Monday.
The Bednarik Award is presented annually to the outstanding defensive player in college football. Stone Jr. is the first Cougar to be named to the Bednarik Award Watch List since Jahad Woods prior to the 2020 season.
Stone Jr. earned his first career All-Pac-12 Conference honor last season after making 11.5 tackles-for-loss, tied for fourth in the conference, and tied for eighth in the league with five sacks. The redshirt-senior from San Jose, Calif. recorded a tackle-for-loss in eight games in 2021, including a season-high three at Utah and tallied a sack in four-straight games, helping WSU to three-straight wins during that stretch.
Last week, Stone Jr. was named to the Preseason All-Pac-12 First Team and to the Bronko Nagurski Trophy Watch List, given to the college football Defensive Player of the Year.
The Bednarik Award has been presented to the College Defensive Player of the Year since 1994 and is named in honor of Chuck "Concrete Charlie" Bednarik who was an All-American player at the University of Pennsylvania and later a multiple year All Pro linebacker and center for the Philadelphia Eagles. He is a member of both the College and Pro Football Halls of Fame and was the last NFL player to be a full-time player on both offense and defense.
The Bednarik Award watch list will once again incorporate a broad spectrum of Football Bowl Subdivision (FBS) programs and conferences from coast to coast, led by Will Anderson Jr. (Alabama) who is the lone returning finalist from 2021, as the majority of this year's candidate group features fresh faces. The full list consists of 90 players with Alabama, Clemson and Georgia having 3 candidates each and an additional 9 schools having two players represented.
Semifinalists for the Chuck Bednarik Award will be announced November 1, 2022, while the three finalists for the Bednarik Award will be unveiled November 22, 2022. The winners of the 28th Bednarik Award will be announced as part of the ESPN Home Depot College Football Awards Show held on December 8, 2022. The formal presentations of the award will be made at the 86th Maxwell Football Club Awards Gala live from Atlantic City, NJ on March 10, 2023.