Carter Jr. Named to 2017 Bednarik Award Watch List

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COLLEGE PARK, Md. – Maryland senior linebacker Jermaine Carter Jr. has been named to the preseason Chuck Bednarik Award Watch List, the Maxwell Football Club announced on Monday.

The Bednarik Award has been presented to the College Defensive Player of the Year since 1995.

Carter Jr., who’s been named Honorable Mention All-Big Ten in each of the last two years, has started a team-high 25 consecutive games dating back to the start of the 2015 season. He led the team in tackles in 2015 and 2016, totaling 213 during that span.

The Fort Washington native started all 13 games and led the Terps with 110 tackles during his junior season in 2016. His 8.5 tackles per game ranked seventh in the Big Ten and he was second on team with 6.0 sacks and third with 9.0 tackles for loss.

Carter Jr. added to his stat line by forcing two fumbles, four pass breakups and grabbing an interception that he returned for a touchdown. He had a big game in the regular season finale win against Rutgers, posting a career-high 15 tackles, 2.5 TFLs, 2.0 sacks, a forced fumble and a fumble recovery.

Semifinalists for the Bednarik Award will be announced October 30, 2017, while the three finalists will be unveiled November 20, 2017. The winner of the 2017 Bednarik Award will be announced as part of the Home Depot College Football Awards Show held on December 7, 2017. The formal presentation of the award will be made at the Maxwell Football Club Awards Gala hosted by Tropicana Hotel & Casino Atlantic City on March 9, 2018.

The Chuck Bednarik Award is a member of the National College Football Awards Association (NCFAA), which encompasses the most prestigious awards in college football. Visit to learn more.