ATHENS, Ga. (UGA) -- Two Georgia football players have been named to the watch list for the Bednarik Award in 2012.
Junior outside linebacker Jarvis Jones and senior nose tackle John Jenkins are two of 65 players chosen to vie for the prestigious trophy, which goes out annually to the nation's top defensive player.
David Pollack (2004) is the only previous Bulldog to win the award.
A native of Columbus, Jones was a unanimous First Team All-American following the 2011 season after he led the SEC in both sacks (13.5) and tackles for loss (19.5). Last year marked his first season playing for the Bulldogs after he transferred from USC and then redshirted the 2010 campaign.
Jenkins, a native of Meriden, Conn., made an immediate impact for Georgia in 2011 during his first season in Athens. The 6-3, 351-pound Jenkins played in all 14 games, including starting seven of the last nine, and tallied 28 tackles, three sacks and six tackles for loss. He also forced a fumble, recovered a fumble and had an interception from his spot in the middle of the Bulldog defensive line.
Semifinalists for the Bednarik Awards will be announced October 29, and the three finalists will be unveiled November 19. The winners of the 2012 Maxwell and Bednarik Awards will be announced as part of the Home Depot ESPNU College Football Awards Show held on December 6.
Information provided by University of Georgia Sports Information and GeorgiaDogs.com.