Redd, Hodges on Watch Lists
Penn State’s Silas Redd and Gerald Hodges are on the Watch Lists for the
Maxwell and Chuck Bednarik Awards, respectively, presented by the Maxwell
Penn State leads all colleges and universities with its seven Maxwell Award
winners and its four Bednarik Award recipients.
The Maxwell Award is presented in honor of Robert W. (Tiny) Maxwell, a
legendary college player, official and sports columnist. First bestowed in 1937,
the Maxwell Award will be presented for the 76th time to the nation’s college
football player of the year.
The Bednarik Award was established in 1995 and is annually presented in honor
of linebacking great Chuck Bednarik — a member of both the College Football
and Pro Football halls of fame — to the nation’s defensive player of the year.
Redd, a junior this season, ran for 1,241 yards last season, the 10th-highest
season total in Penn State history, en route to second-team All-Big Ten honors
last season. Redd averaged 5.2 yards on his 321 attempts and scored seven
rushing touchdowns, with a long carry of 42 yards.
A senior preseason All-American, Hodges earned first team All-Big Ten honors
from the coaches and ESPN.com. in 2011. Hodges was instrumental in Penn
State having the nation’s No. 5 scoring defense in 2011 and became the 22nd
Nittany Lion to post at least 100 tackles in a season. He led the team with 106
tackles (60 solo), ranking in the top 15 in the Big Ten in hits (eighth) and sacks
(tied-14th with 4.5). Hodges also recorded 10.0 tackles for loss, forced two
fumbles, broke-up four passes and made one critical interception and 63-yard
return to set-up a touchdown in the win at Northwestern.