Four Tennessee footballers were added this week to a pair of preseason award watch lists.
Sophomore safety Eric Berry and junior linebacker Rico McCoy are on the initial 2008 Chuck Bednarik Award Watch List, while senior tailback Arian Foster and junior quarterback Jonathan Crompton find themselves in the early running for the Maxwell Award.
Each list is comprised of 75 players.
The Maxwell Award has been presented to the outstanding collegiate football player in America since 1937 and is named in honor of Robert W. “Tiny” Maxwell. The Chuck Bednarik Award has been presented to the nation’s top defensive player since 1995 and is named in honor of Chuck Bednarik, a former Penn and Philadelphia Eagles great.
Semifinalists for the Maxwell and Bednarik Awards will be announced in early November and three finalists for each award will be announced Nov. 25. The winners of the 2008 Maxwell and Bednarik awards will be announced as part of the ESPN Home Depot College Football Awards Show in December. The formal presentation of these awards will be made at the Maxwell Football Club Awards Gala hosted by Harrah’s Entertainment Atlantic City on March 6, 2009.
ZANDER SELECTED TO SUN BOWL 75TH ANNIVERSARY TEAM
The Brut Sun Bowl, the nation’s second oldest bowl game, has had 75 different programs compete in the game, which is more than any other bowl in the nation.
Tennessee lost its only Sun Bowl appearance, a 28-27 decision to Maryland in 1984. Zander, however, sparkled for the Vols in earning the Jimmy Rogers Jr. Most Valuable Lineman award after that game. The Mendham, N.J., native recorded 24 tackles during the afternoon and led the 1984 Vols with 167 tackles. The four-year letterman and two-year starter went on to an eight-year NFL career with the Cincinnati Bengals, including a start in Super Bowl XXIII.
The Mendham, N.J., native and 1984 team captain closed his career at Tennessee with 342 tackles and played in the 1985 Senior Bowl while participating in four straight bowl games - Garden State (1981), Peach (1982), Citrus (1983) and Sun (1984). He was a second round draft pick of Cincinnati.
In all, 41 of the 75 teams that have participated in the Sun Bowl over the last 74 years are represented on the squad.