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Nate Landman named to preseason Bednarik watch list

Buffs senior linebacker one of six players with 250+ tackles in CU history

NCAA Football: Washington State at Colorado Isaiah J. Downing-USA TODAY Sports

Colorado Buffaloes linebacker Nate Landman was named to the 2020 preseason watch list for Bednarik Award, per an announcement by the Maxwell Football Club on Monday. The award recognizes college football’s best defensive player regardless of position.

Landman is among the 91 players in the country to make the list. He returns to Colorado for his senior season with 277 career tackles (25 for loss) with over 100 tackles in the past two seasons. He also has 12 pass breakups and three interceptions.

The award has been presented since 1995 and named in honor of Chuck Bednarik, a former standout defender at Penn who later starred with the Philadelphia Eagles. Bednarik is a member of both the College Football Hall of Fame (1969) and the Pro Football Hall of Fame (1967). Two Pac-12 players have won the award: USC’s Rey Maualuga in 2008 and Arizona’s Scooby Wright III in 2014.

In addition to the Bednarik, Landman will likely be named to the watch lists for the Butkus and Nagurski awards within the next week.