DURHAM, N.C. – Duke junior defensive end Victor Dimukeje was named to the preseason watch list for the Chuck Bednarik Award, an honor given annually to the top defensive player in the nation by the Maxwell Football Club. It is his first career selection on the Bednarik Award Watch List.
A preseason All-ACC selection by Athlon Sports (3rd team) and Phil Steele’s College Football Preview (3rd team), Dimukeje has played in 26 career games, all starts. The Baltimore product owns 82 career tackles, 16.5 tackles for lost yardage, 5.5 sacks, one interception, two caused fumbles, two fumble recoveries, one pass breakup and 13 quarterback pressures.
Dimukeje is one of 14 returning players in the ACC who carded 8.5 or more TFL in 2018. He also joins Miami’s Michael Pinckney and Wake Forest’s Justin Strnad as the ACC’s only returnees who have recorded 7.5 or more TFL in each of the last two years
One of three defensive players in Duke history to start multiple bowl game victories (2017 Quick Lane and 2018 Walk-On’s Independence), Dimukeje received the 2018 Mike McGee Award as the team’s top defensive lineman. He totaled 42 tackles, 8.5 TFL, 3.5 sacks, two caused fumbles, one fumble recovery and nine quarterback pressures last season. He ended the campaign ranked 10th among defensive ends in the ACC in pass rushing by Pro Football Focus.
The Bednarik Award has been presented to the College Defensive Player of the Year since 1995. Chuck Bednarik, former standout at Penn and with the Philadelphia Eagles, is a member of both the College Football Hall of Fame's Class of '69 and the NFL Hall of Fame's Class of '67.
Semifinalists for the Bednarik Award will be announced October 29, while the three finalists will be unveiled November 25. The winner will be announced as part of the Home Depot College Football Awards Show, held on December 12. 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 13, 2020.
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Duke Players on 2019 NCFAA Watch Lists
Bednarik Award: Victor Dimukeje