Yesterday, Oregon’s Ifo Ekpre-Olomu and Alabama’s C.J. Mosley were named as repeat semifinalists for national awards at their respective positions. Now, the talented duo are up for an award given annually to the best defensive player regardless of position.
The Bednarik Award announced Tuesday morning that a total of 16 players have made the cut as 2013 semifinalists. As was the case with the Butkus Award, Mosley is the only semifinalist who was in this group last year as 13 of the other honorees headed to the NFL.
One of the two remaining players among the 16 2012 semifinalists not on this year’s list? South Carolina defensive end Jadeveon Clowney, who was not only a semifinalist for the 2012 Bednarik but was a finalist for the award that went to Notre Dame’s Manti Te’o. The other 2012 semifinalist who failed to repeat the feat this year is Arizona State’s Will Sutton.
Unlike the Maxwell Award announced earlier today, the Bednarik is dominated by seniors as 12 of the 16 semifinalists come from that class. USC defensive end Leonard Williams is the only sophomore.
Seven linebackers, six defensive linemen (four ends, two tackles) and three cornerbacks make up the semifinalists positionally.
The ACC and Pac-12 had five and four players, respectively, included in the release. The Big Ten and SEC with two apiece were the only other conferences with more than one player. While there were no individual teams with more than one Bednarik semifinalist, there were five that had players on both the Bednarik and Maxwell lists: Alabama, Clemson, Florida State, Oregon and Wisconsin.
Both of those awards are handed out annually by the Maxwell Football Club.
Rutgers wide receiver Leonte Carroo could have a charge of simple assault dropped by a New Jersey court today. The woman he is accused of slamming to the concrete has agreed to drop the restraining order request and has asked the assault charge against the Rutgers receiver be dropped as well. NJ.com reports today the woman and Carroo each appeared in a family court on Tuesday, and the woman told the judge she is not scared of Carroo.
So, what does this mean for football? Simply put, it means Carroo may be eligible to play again as soon as this weekend. That would be good timing, as Rutgers is set to host Michigan State this Saturday night.
Carroo has been sitting out while serving an indefinite suspension while this legal process plays out. Carroo has missed each of the last two games for Rutgers, against Penn State and Kansas. Rutgers was off this past weekend. If this legal process does play out as it is expected at this point, Carroo could be reinstated quickly and promptly, making him eligible to return right away. Carroo is one fo the best players on the roster, so having him back and eligible to play is very good news for the Scarlet Knights offense.
The recent flooding in the state of South Carolina has brought many dangers and concerns much more important than football with it, but this being a college football-focused website we must dive into the connection real life issues have with the sport from time to time. South Carolina is scheduled to host LSU in Columbia this Saturday, and that still appears to be the plan. Alternate plans have been discussed though, just in case they will be needed as the week unfolds.
The very concept of moving a college football game to another stadium is indeed a rare situation. It is not, however, completely without precedent. The 1942 Rose Bowl between Duke and Oregon State (my how the times have changed) was moved from Pasadena, California across the country to be played in Durham, North Carolina. This was out of fear of the west coast being attacked during World War II though. LSU’s Tiger Stadium has served as a home football stadium for a weather-related event in the past as well. The New Orleans Saints played four games in Baton Rouge after Hurricane Katrina hit New Orleans and forced the Saints to play the entire 2005 season on the road.
Today is only Tuesday, so there is still some time to make sure Williams-Brice Stadium and the surrounding area is suitable for hosting the SEC contest this weekend. Odds are the game will be able to be played as scheduled, but safety for fans and teams involved is always the priority.