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BYU freshman linebacker Keenan Pili (41) celebrates his sack during the Cougar vs. Liberty football game at LaVell Edwards Stadium in Provo on Saturday, November 9, 2019.

SOUTHAMPTON, Pa. — Maxwell Football Club today named BYU linebacker Keenan Pili to the watch list for the 28th annual Chuck Bednarik Award.

Since 1994, the Bednarik Award has been given to the Defensive Player of the Year in college football. The award is named after Chuck Bednarik, a former standout player at Penn and with the Philadelphia Eagles, who is a member of both the College Football Hall of Fame and the Pro Hall of Fame.

Pili, a 6-foot-3, 233-pound junior from Provo, Utah, started the first three games of the 2021 season as BYU’s center linebacker before suffering a season-ending injury. The 2021 team captain had recorded 31 tackles, two sacks and a fumble recovery in just three games. Pili has 128 career tackles over 24 career games, averaging 5.3 tackles per game.

In 2020, Pili was named Phil Steele All-Independent Second Team and was the Boca Raton Bowl Defensive MVP following BYU’s 49-23 victory over UCF. He was second on the team in tackles with 72, had two tackles for loss and recorded a fumble, helping lead BYU to an 11-1 record in 2021 and finished 11th, the most final ranking. high of the program since 1996.

The Chuck Bednarik Award semi-finalists will be announced on November 1, with the three finalists being revealed on November 22. The winner will be announced at the ESPN Home Depot College Football Awards Show on December 8. The official presentations of the Chuck Bednarik Award will be presented at the 86th Maxwell Football Club Awards Gala live from Atlantic City, New Jersey on March 10, 2023.

Maxwell Football Club has partnered with Pro Football Focus, XOS and Phil Steele Publications as selection committee partners. PFF provides detailed metrics and performance-based ratings to selection committee staff, while XOS provides access to game footage from all FBS schools.

The Maxwell Football Club was founded in 1935 and is the oldest such football organization in America. The Club recognizes excellence in performance at the high school, college and professional levels of sport.



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