Two Tigers named to Preseason Watch Lists


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Clemson, S.C.—Clemson defensive linemen Christian Wilkins and Dexter Lawrence were both named to the 2017 preseason Watch List for the Chuck Bednarik Award on Monday. The honor is presented each year to the top defensive player in college football.

Wilkins was also named to the 2017 Watch List for the Maxwell Award, which is presented each year to the top player in college football. Wilkins is one of 11 players from the ACC on the Maxwell list. Wilkins and Lawrence are two of 18 ACC players on the Bednarik List.

Wilkins was a first-team All-American defensive end last year when he had 56 tackles, 13.5 tackles for loss. He added 10 pass deflections, most ever by a Clemson defensive lineman. He was a finalist for the Nagurski Award last year. Wilkins will move to defensive tackle this year.

Lawrence had 78 tackles, including a Clemson true freshman record seven sacks in helping the Tigers to the 2016 National Championship. The native of Wake Forest, N.C. was named the ACC Freshman Defensive Player of the Year and was a unanimous freshman All-American.

Wilkins and Lawrence have both been named to various preseason All-America teams this year.

ACC Players Selected to the 2017 Preseason Bednarik Award Watch List:
Jaire Alexander, CB, Louisville
Quin Blanding, S, Virginia
Bradley Chubb, DE, NC State
Tremaine Edmunds, LB, Virginia Tech
Duke Ejiofor, DE, Wake Forest
Ben Humphreys, LB, Duke
Derwin James, DB, Florida State
Micah Kiser, LB, Virginia
Harold Landry, DE, Boston College
Dexter Lawrence, DT, Clemson
Tarvarus McFadden, CB, Florida State
Derrick Nnadi, DT, Florida State
Kendrick Norton, DT, Miami
Shaq Quarterman, LB, Miami
M.J. Stewart, CB, North Carolina
Matthew Thomas, LB, Florida State
Jordan Whitehead, S, Pitt
Christian Wilkins, DT, Clemson

ACC Players Selected to the 2017 Preseason Maxwell Award Watch List:
Eric Dungey, QB, Syracuse
Deondre Francois, QB, Florida State
Quadree Henderson, WR-KR, Pitt
Lamar Jackson, QB, Louisville
Derwin James, DB, Florida State
Daniel Jones, QB, Duke
Harold Landry, DE, Boston College
Dedrick Mills, RB, Georgia Tech
Jaylen Samuels, AP, NC State
Mark Walton, RB, Miami
Christian Wilkins, DT, Clemson

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