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Baylor's Bernard, Pitre Named to Bednarik Award Watch List

July 19, 2021

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WACO, Texas – The Baylor senior duo of Terrel Bernard and Jalen Pitre landed spots on Monday’s Bednarik Award Watch List, the Maxwell Football Club announced Monday. The Chuck Bednarik Award has been presented to the College Defensive Player of the Year since 1995.

Bernard, a senior linebacker from La Porte, Texas, and Pitre, a senior safety from Stafford, Texas, will each anchor a Bears defense that returns 10 starters in 2021. Bernard and Pitre were among 90 candidates named to the watch list.

Bernard appears on the list for the second-straight season after churning out Second-Team All-Big 12 honors by both the Associated Press and the league coaches in 2020. Through five games last season, Bernard led Baylor in tackles, sacks, and TFL before his season was ended with a shoulder injury.

He tallied 55 tackles, 6.5 tackles for a loss and 3.5 sacks to accompany one interception and two pass breakups. Bernard has already been recognized as a Preseason First-Team All-Big 12 selection by Athlon, Phil Steele, Lindy’s, CFN and the Big 12 media.

Pitre was a member of the Bears secondary that ranked second in the Big 12 in pass defense last season. He was 2020 First-Team All-Big 12 selection and was honorable mention for Big 12 Defensive Player of the Year. He finished as Baylor’s leader with 60 total tackles, ranked sixth in the Big 12 with 13.0 tackles for loss and returned both his interceptions for touchdowns.

The Bednarik watch list adds to a robust preseason resume for Pitre. He has been named a Third-Team Preseason All-American by PFF and Preseason All-Big 12 by multiple outlets.

The 27th annual Chuck Bednarik Award will be presented as a part of the ESPN Home Depot College Football Awards Show, Dec. 9, 2021. Bednarik was a standout at the University of Pennsylvania and the NFL’s Philadelphia Eagles. He is a member of the College Football Hall of Fame and the NFL Hall of Fame.

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