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Thursday, August 13, 2009

Oregon's Tukuafu Added to Bednarik Award Watch List

University of Oregon senior defensive end Will Tukuafu was one of 55 players named to the watch list for the 15th Chuck Bednarik Award, honoring college football’s defensive player of the year.

Tukuafu, who was previously named to the watch list for the Ted Hendricks Award as the top collegiate defensive end in the country, was one of nine players from the Pacific-10 Conference cited on the preliminary list as announced by Maxwell Football Club President Ron Jaworski, based on their performance from the 2008 season.

Last year’s honorable mention all-conference pick and team’s eighth-leading tackler (59) ranked fifth in the Pac-10 and 22nd nationally in tackles for loss (17), and enters 2009 owning a string of 20 consecutive starts.

The Salt Lake City standout is the Ducks’ lone returning starter among their defensive linemen.

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