LUBBOCK, Texas – Texas Tech senior linebacker Dakota Allen was named Monday morning to the watch list for the Chuck Bednarik Award, which is presented annually to the top defensive player in college football.
The selection marks the second-consecutive season Allen has appeared on the Bednarik watch list as he was a preseason candidate for the award prior to the 2017 campaign. It is the second preseason accolade already this summer for Allen, who was named to the All-Big 12 preseason team last week in a vote of media members who cover the league.
Allen enters his final campaign in scarlet and black already ranked among the top linebackers in the country after recording a team-leading 102 tackles in his first season back as a Red Raider. He was an All-Big 12 second team selection by both the conference coaches and the Associated Press.
Allen, a native of Humble, Texas, played a significant role in Texas Tech's rise to one of the top turnover-causing units in the country as he picked off a pair of passes, while forcing one fumble and recovering another for a Red Raider defense that ranked sixth nationally in takeaways. He also notched six tackles for a loss, including two sacks.
Semifinalists for the Bednarik Award will be announced Oct. 29, while the three finalists for the award will be unveiled on Nov. 19. The winner will be announced as part of the Home Depot College Football Awards Show, which airs Dec. 6 live on ESPN.
The watch list was chosen by members of the Maxwell Football Club selection committees. All members of the Maxwell Football Club as well as NCAA Sports Information Directors, head coaches and selected national media are eligible to vote on the award.
Allen and the Red Raiders kick off the 2018 season in less than two months as Tech faces Ole Miss in the AdvoCare Texas Kickoff on Sept. 1 from NRG Stadium in Houston. Tech returns home the following weekend to host Lamar, the first of six home games this fall at Jones AT&T Stadium.