Oregon State senior Hamilcar Rashed Jr. has been named to the preseason watch list for the 2020 Chuck Bednarik Award, which is given annually to the college defensive player of the year.
The honor adds to an impressive preseason list for Rashed Jr., who has also been selected as a preseason All-American by Walter Camp Football Foundation and The Sporting News. He was also chosen as one of 42 players on the Lott IMPACT Trophy watch list June 4.
Rashed Jr. led the nation with 22.5 tackles for loss in 2019 and finished tied for third with 14 sacks. Both totals also set Oregon State single-season records. He posted at least one TFL in each of his first 10 games, only one of three players nationally to accomplish that feat.
Rashed Jr., who has already graduated with a degree in public health, was selected as a first-team All-American in 2019 by Sports Illustrated, The Athletic and Phil Steele. He was named to the second team by Walter Camp, CBS Sports, the Football Writers Association of America (FWAA) and the Associated Press.
He has 121 tackles over three seasons for the Beavers, including 35 tackles for loss and 16.5 sacks. He ranks sixth in the Oregon State career record books for both TFLs and sacks.
Semifinalists for the honor will be announced in November; three finalists will be chosen later in the month. The 2020 award winner is set to be announced as part of the ESPN Home Depot College Football Awards Show held on December 10.
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