Three Oklahoma Sooners have been named to the watch list for the Bednarik Award that's presented to the player selected as the college football defensive player of the year.
The Maxwell Football Club announced the 76-man watch list on Monday. Semifinalists will be announced in November, while the winner will be named on Dec. 11.
OU linebackers Frank Shannon and Eric Striker and defensive end Charles Tapper were named to the list. Each of the three will be a junior in 2014.
The award is named for Chuck Bednarik - a member of both the College Football Hall of Fame and the NFL Hall of Fame. It has been presented each year since 1995.