Gooden Named to Bednarik Watch List

Gooden recorded eight tackles including one sack against Colorado in 2010.

Gooden recorded eight tackles including one sack against Colorado in 2010.

July 6, 2011

PHILADELPHIA, Pa. - University of Missouri junior linebacker Zaviar Gooden has been named to the 17th Annual Bendarik Award watch list as announced by the Maxwell Football Club on Tuesday, July 5. The award is presented annually to the nation's best defensive player in honor of Chuck Bednarik, a member of both the College Football Hall of Fame and the NFL Hall of Fame. The 65 nominees for the award represent all 11 Division 1A conferences.

Gooden enters the 2011 season as a second-year starter after a standout season in 2010. As a first year starter, Gooden led Mizzou with 85 tackles. He made eight tackles in the season opener against Illinois, which tied him for second on the team. The game also marked his first career start. Gooden tallied no less than five tackles in every game against FBS competition which included a career-best nine against Kansas State. He notched five turnovers on the season, including two recovered fumbles, one forced fumble and two interceptions. He also had a key interception off of Oklahoma's Landry Jones in the fourth quarter of the Tigers' upset win over the Sooners back on October.

Gooden is one of six candidates from the Big 12 Conference including Coryell Judie of Texas A&M, Jake Knott of Iowa State, Travis Lewis of Oklahoma and Kheeston Randall and Keenan Robinson of Texas.

The semifinalists for the Bednarik Award will be announced on Oct. 31 with the three finalists to be revealed on Nov. 21. The winner will be announced on Dec. 8 as part of the Home Depot ESPNU College Football Awards Show.

For the entire list of nominees click here, and for more information on the Bednarik Award click here.



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