Former Ryan standout Mario Edwards Jr. was named to the Bednarik Award Watch List on Monday.
The Maxwell Football Club announced the 76 athletes that could be named college football’s top defensive player, and the Florida State defensive end cracked the list after a stellar sophomore season in 2013.
Last year, the Seminoles’ starting right defensive end started in 11 of the team’s 12 games. Edwards tallied 28 tackles, 9 1/2 tackles for loss, 3 1/2 sacks, an interception and a touchdown return.
The skills that were showcased for two years at Ryan were on display in last year’s BCS National Championship game against Auburn. Edwards notched six tackles and three tackles for loss in the Seminoles’ national championship victory.
Edwards was a 2012 Parade All-American and the 2012 USA TODAY Defensive Player of the Year.