Oklahoma junior linebacker Kenneth Murray was named to the Bednarik Award watch list prior to the 2019 season. The annual award is given to the best defensive player in college football, as judged by the Maxwell Football Club.
Murray was one of the few bright spots on Oklahoma’s 2018 defense, ranking second in the nation with 155 total tackles and earning All-Big 12 Second Team honors by both coaches and the media. The former four-star recruit from Missouri City, Texas also ranked second in the Big 12 with 11.1 tackles per game.
Semifinalists for the award will be announced on Oct. 29 and the three finalists will be unveiled on Nov. 25, two weeks before the winner will be announced as part of the Home Depot College Football Awards Show on Dec. 12 in Atlanta, Georgia.
The only Sooner to ever win the award is Teddy Lehman in 2003.