It’s watch list season and Kentucky defensive end Bud Dupree was named to the first one (of many) on Monday when he was listed as a Chuck Bednarik Award nominee for the nation’s best defensive players.
Dupree, who led all Southeastern Conference linemen with 61 tackles last season, finished the season with a team-high seven sacks and 9.5 tackles for loss.
Semifinalists for the Bednarik Award will be announced Nov. 3, while the three finalists for the award will be unveiled Nov. 24. The winner of the Bednarik Award will be announced as part of the Home Depot College Football Awards Show held on Dec. 11. The formal presentation is on March 6.
- A watch list with a little less prestige, but high on intrigue is Fox Sports’ top 20 “Freaks” in college football for this season. Dupree was rated as the No. 5 freak with a reported vertical jump of 40.5 inches and a broad jump of 11 feet, which Fox Sports’ Bruce Feldman said, “should light up the NFL Combine.” Feldman also reported that Dupree was clocked at 21 miles an hour by the High Performance GPS trackers. For the full freaky list, go here: http://msn.foxsports.com/college-football/story/ranking-top-20-cfb-freaks-2014-college-football-preseason-070714
- In a season that likely will be all about how strong the Southeastern Conference defensive lines will be, 24/7 Sports listed Dupree as fourth in its top five for the 2014 season behind Florida’s Donte Fowler, Missouri’s Markus Golden and Arkansas’ Trey Flowers. That site also noted that Dupree is a “freakish athlete,” who could impress scouts, already being projected as a top 100 draft prospect. “He should wow scouts at the NFL combine with his combination of speed, strength and leaping ability,” the story said. For the full list, go here: http://247sports.com/Article/Top-five-SEC-defensive-ends-for-the-2014-season-29490637