TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – Florida State redshirt sophomore Derwin James has been named a semifinalist for the Chuck Bednarik Award, it was announced Monday by Maxwell Football Club President Mark Dianno.
James ranks second among FSU defenders with 50 tackles, including 1.5 for loss with 0.5 sack, and has added a team-high five pass breakups in 2017. Last week at Boston College, James recorded a season-high 13 tackles and one pass breakup to finish one shy of his single-game career-high tackles total of 14 set in the 2015 Peach Bowl.
The Haines City, Florida, native returned from an injury that cost him most of the 2016 season to become regarded as one of the most versatile defenders in the country. James has started all seven games this season at safety and is also one of the Seminoles’ primary kick returners, accumulating 118 yards on four kickoff returns for an average of 29.5 yards per return.
James, who has also been named a semifinalist for the Thorpe Award and a quarterfinalist for the Lott IMPACT Trophy this season, is one of only three defensive backs among the 18 semifinalists for the Bednarik Award. He is also one of five semifinalists from the ACC.
The Chuck Bednarik Award is presented by the Maxwell Football Club to the Outstanding Defensive Player of the Year. The three Bednarik Award finalists will be announced on Monday, Nov. 20, and the winner will be announced live on ESPN at the Home Depot College Football Awards Show on Dec. 7.
Florida State returns to action Saturday when it hosts Syracuse. The Seminoles and Orange are set for a 12:20 p.m. kickoff on ACC Network.