July 13, 2020
Bednarik Award Watch List Includes Two Noles

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – Two Seminoles – senior defensive tackle Marvin Wilson and senior defensive back Hamsah Nasirildeen – were named to the Bednarik Award Watch List, presented to the nation’s top defensive player, on Monday.

Wilson, from Houston, was a semifinalist for the Bednarik Award last season and has been on the preseason watch list the past two years. Wilson enters his senior season as the best interior defensive lineman in college football and has been named a first-team Preseason All-American by Walter Camp and Sporting News and is on the Lott IMPACT Trophy Watch List.

He was an All-American and first-team All-ACC performer last season despite a season-ending injury in the ninth game of the year. In those nine games, Wilson recorded 44 tackles, including 8.5 for loss with a team-high 5.0 sacks, one forced fumble, one fumble recovery, four pass breakups and two quarterback hurries. He was one of only four defensive tackles in the nation, and the only one from the ACC, with multiple 3.0 tackle-for-loss games in 2019.

In his career, Wilson has started 14 of his 33 games played and compiled 93 tackles, 13.5 for loss with 8.5 sacks, seven quarterback hurries, six pass breakups, two forced fumbles and one fumble recovery. His sacks and tackles for loss totals are tops among current Seminoles.

Nasirildeen, from Concord, North Carolina, recorded 101 tackles with 2.0 tackles for loss, including 1.0 sack, three forced fumbles, two interceptions and one fumble recovery in 2019. He earned second-team All-ACC honors and was the first Seminole since 2014 with at least 100 tackles in a season. Nasirildeen has led FSU in tackles each of the past two seasons and in 2019 ranked second nationally among Power 5 defensive backs in tackles, despite missing the Sun Bowl due to injury.

Against Boston College in 2019, Nasirildeen finished with 22 tackles, the third-most in FSU history and the most for a Nole since 1968. His 22 tackles were also the most in the ACC last season and the second-highest in the NCAA. He earned three ACC Player of the Week honors.

The Bednarik Award has been presented since 1995 to the Defensive Player of the Year. Semifinalists will be announced November 3, while the three finalists will be unveiled November 23. The winner will be announced December 10 as part of the ESPN Home Depot College Football Awards Show.

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