Tremaine Edmunds has been named to his second watch list this summer, this time, for the Nagurski Award
Virginia Tech junior linebacker Tremaine Edmunds has been named to the Nagurski Award Watch List for the 2017 season. This is the second award watch list of the summer for Edmunds, who was also named to the Bednarik Award Watch list earlier this week.
The Bednarik Award is voted on by the Maxwell Football Club, and given at season’s end to college football’s best defensive player. The Nagurski Award is also given to college football’s best defensive player, but is voted on by the Football Writers Association of America (FWAA).
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Edmunds is looking to become only the second player in Virginia Tech history to capture the Nagurski Award. The only current recipient of the award in Virginia Tech football history is linebacker Corey Moore, who won the award in 2000 after racking up 17 sacks on the season.
Edmunds is looking to improve on a breakout 2016 season in which he ranked second on the Hokies in tackles, with 106 on the year, which included 18.5 tackles for loss. While Edmunds was solid all year long for the Hokies, his best game came in the Hokies’ final game, the Belk Bowl. In the victory over Arkansas, Edmunds recorded 4.5 sacks, an interception, a forced fumble, and a fumble recovery.
His play last season earned him Second Team All-ACC honors, and widespread recognition as one of the nation’s best linebackers. It is safe to say Edmunds is no longer flying under the radar heading into 2017.