July 7, 2014
ATHENS, Ga. --- A trio of Georgia football players have been named to the Bednarik Award Watch List while another Bulldog has been included on the Maxwell Award Watch List.
Junior outside linebacker Jordan Jenkins, sophomore outside linebacker Leonard Floyd and senior inside linebacker Ramik Wilson were three of 76 players nationwide named as candidates for the nation’s top defensive player. Former Bulldog David Pollack won the 2004 Bednarik Award.
Sophomore tailback Todd Gurley is one of 74 players named to the Maxwell Award Watch List, which is given to the country’s player of the year. Both Charley Trippi (1946) and Herschel Walker (1982) have won the award from Georgia.
Semifinalists for the Maxwell and Bednarik awards will be announced November 3. Three finalists will be announced November 24 and the winners will be announced December 11 during the annual Home Depot College Football Awards Show. The formal presentation of the awards will take place during an annual banquet in Atlantic City, N.J., on March 6, 2015.
Jenkins, a native of Hamilton, Ga., was an All-Southeastern Conference Second Team selection in 2013 after starting all 13 games and finishing with a team-leading 12 tackles for loss. Jenkins tallied 45 tackles on the year and added two fumble recoveries and a forced fumble.
Floyd, a native of Eastman, Ga., earned Freshman All-America honors after leading all SEC freshmen with 6.5 sacks last season. Floyd finished 2013 with 55 tackles in only eight starts while also forcing two fumbles and blocking a field goal at Auburn.
Wilson, a native of Tampa, Fla., was an All-SEC First Team performer after leading the league in tackles with 133 stops. He picked up 11 tackles for loss and four sacks during his 13 games on the field and posted a career-high 18 stops during the showdown with Auburn.
Gurley, a native of Tarboro, N.C., was also an All-SEC Second Team selection despite playing in only 10 games because of injuries. Gurley averaged 98.9 yards a game last season after rushing for 989 yards and 10 touchdowns. The versatile back was also third on the team with 37 catches for 441 yards receiving and a team-leading six touchdowns.
The Bulldogs start the season at home in Sanford Stadium versus Clemson on August 30. ESPN will televise the 5:30 p.m. matchup.