Penn State's Devon Still has been named a finalist for the Chuck Bednarik Award and the Outland Trophy, and Wisconsin's Montee Ball has been tabbed a finalist for the Doak Walker Award, as announced on Monday. Still is one of three finalists for the Bednarik Award, given to the country's most outstanding defensive player, and the Outland Trophy, which honors the top interior lineman in the nation. Ball is one of three players up for the Walker Award, given to the top running back in the country.
The Bednarik Award has been given to a Big Ten player eight times since its inception in 1995. The conference boasts two two-time winners in Northwestern's Pat Fitzgerald (1995-96) and Paul Posluszny (2005-06), with the most recent winner being Nebraska's Ndamukong Suh in 2009. Big Ten players have reeled in the Outland Trophy 23 times, with Wisconsin's Gabe Carimi earning the honor a season ago. Five Big Ten players have earned the Walker Award -- Ohio State's Eddie George (1995), Wisconsin's Ron Dayne (1999), Penn State's Larry Johnson (2002), Michigan's Chris Perry (2003) and Iowa's Shonn Greene (2008).
All three awards will be presented at The Home Depot College Football Awards Show on Dec. 8.