|Chuck Bednarik Award|
|Given for||College defensive player of the year|
|Presented by||Maxwell Football Club|
|Most recent||Chase Young, Ohio State|
The Chuck Bednarik Award is presented annually to the defensive player in college football as judged by the Maxwell Football Club to be the best in the United States. The award is named for Chuck Bednarik, a former college and professional American football player. Voters for the Maxwell College Awards are NCAA head college football coaches, members of the Maxwell Football Club, and 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.
|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|||
|2012||Manti Te'o||Notre Dame|||
|2014||Scooby Wright III||Arizona|||
|2019||Chase Young||Ohio State|||
- Bronko Nagurski Trophy, a similar award given by the Football Writers Association of America
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