Michigan State has a pair of players in the running for one of the top awards for defensive players in college football.
Spartan senior linebacker Max Bullough and senior defensive back Darqueze Dennard were named to the watch list for the Bednarik Award on Monday morning.
Bullough, who enters his third year as MSU’s starting middle linebacker, ranked ninth in the Big Ten and led the Spartans with 111 tackles last season. He has earned All-Big Ten honors the last two seasons and was a first team selection by the league’s coaches last year. Bullough has 223 tackles in 40 career games.
Dennard tied for the team lead with three interceptions and 10 passes defended and also had seven pass break-ups last season. He has earned All-Big Ten recognition each of the last two seasons, including being voted a first team selection by the coaches last year. Dennard has six career interceptions in 30 games played.
The preseason honors are the latest for Bullough and Dennard. Bullough is the running for the College Football Performance Award’s linebacker of the year trophy as well as on the LOTT Impact Trophy watch list. Dennard is in the running for the CFPA’s defensive back of the year trophy.