Return home

Syracuse LB Jones on Bednarik Award Watch List

Posted 8/2/22

Syracuse University football player Mikel Jones earned another preseason award watch list nod Monday.

This item is available in full to subscribers.

Syracuse LB Jones on Bednarik Award Watch List

Posted

Syracuse University football player Mikel Jones earned another preseason award watch list nod Monday.

It is the last of of major award announcements before training camps begin for college football teams ahead of the 2022 seasons.

Jones, a senior Orange linebacker, made the list for the Bednarik Award, which is presented annually to NCAA Division I’s best defensive player. Jones has also been named to watch lists for the Bronco Nagurski Trophy (most outstanding defensive player) and Butkus Award (most outstanding linebacker) watch lists ahead of his fourth season with Syracuse.

The Bednarik Award is named for Chuck “Concrete Charlie” Bednarik, a member of the College and Pro Football Halls of Fame who played linebacker at the University of Pennsylvania and in the NFL for the Philadelphia Eagles. Bednarik was the last NFL player to play both sides of the ball full-time.

The award has been presented since 1994.

A captain for the 2022 season, Jones was a first-team All-ACC selection in 2021. He led the conference with 60 solo tackles and had 110 total tackles.

Jones has matched teammate Sean Tucker with selections to three preseason award watch lists. Tucker is among the players for the Doak Walker Award, Maxwell Award and Walter Camp Player of the Year Award. Kicker Andre Szmyt and long snapper Aaron Bolinsky have also each been named to a preseason award list.

Semifinalists for the Bednarik Award will be announced Nov. 1, followed by finalists on Nov. 22. A winner will be revealed on ESPN’s College Football Awards Show on Dec. 8. The recipient will be honored at the Maxwell Football Club Awards Gala on March 20, 2023 in Atlantic City, New Jersey.

Dino Babers-led Syracuse is looking to rebound from a 5-7 record in the 2021 season. The team finished 1-10 in 2020 and 5-7 in 2019. The team’s last winning season was 2018 when the Orange finished 10-3.

Syracuse is set to being practice this week. The Orange begin the season at 8 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 3, against visiting Louisville.

For tickets, visit: cuse.com/tickets

Comments

No comments on this item Please log in to comment by clicking here