|Chuck Bednarik Award|
|Awarded for||College Defensive Player of the Year|
|Presented by||Maxwell Football Club|
|Currently held by||Manti Te'o|
|Official website||Chuck Bednarik Award|
The Chuck Bednarik Award is presented annually to the defensive collegiate football player adjudged by the Maxwell Football Club to be the best in the United States. Voters for the Maxwell College Awards are NCAA Head College Football Coaches, members of the Maxwell Football Club & sportswriters and sportscasters from across the country.
The Maxwell Club is located in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania and the presentations are held in Atlantic City, New Jersey. Club members are given voting privileges for the award; almost one-quarter of Bednarik winners are from Penn State.
|1998||Dat Nguyen||Texas A&M|
|1999||LaVar Arrington||Penn State|
|2001||Julius Peppers||North Carolina|
|2002||E. J. Henderson||Maryland|
|2005||Paul Posluszny||Penn State|
|2006||Paul Posluszny||Penn State|
|2007||Dan Connor||Penn State|
|2012||Manti Te'o||Notre Dame|
Trophies won by schoolEdit