Clemson defensive tackle Grady Jarrett is one of just two ACC players named to the Outland Trophy and Bronko Nagurski Watch Lists on Thursday. The Outland Trophy is given to the top interior lineman (offense or defense), while the Nagurski Award is given to the top defensive player in college football. Both awards are presented by the Football Writers Association of American.
In addition to Jarrett, Clemson linebacker Stephone Anthony and defensive end Vic Beasley were both named to the Nagurski Watch List. All three were also on the Chuck Bednarik Award Watch List released earlier this week. It is given to the top defensive player in college football by the Maxwell Football Club of Philadelphia.
Jarrett joins Virginia Tech defensive tackle Luther Maddy as the only ACC players on both the Outland Trophy and Nagurski Award lists. Overall there are nine ACC players on the Outland Trophy list. Clemson has never had an Outland Trophy winner, but Da’Quan Bowers won the Nagurski Award in 2010.
Jarrett had 83 tackles a year ago, including 11 tackles for loss, when he was named an honorable mention All-ACC player. His 83 tackles ranked third on the team overall, best among defensive linemen. He has 134 tackles for his 35-game career, 24 as a starter.
Beasley was a semifinalist for the Bednarik Award last year when he was a consensus All-American, one of just three consensus selections returning for 2014. The senior ranked second in the nation in tackles for loss per game with 1.8, was third in sacks per game at 1.0 and was 13th in caused fumbles with 0.31 per game. Beasley had 44 total tackles, 23 of which were behind the line of scrimmage and 13 of those were sacks.
Beasley was a finalist for the Ted Hendricks Award and was a first-team All-American by USA Today, Sporting News and the Walter Camp team. He was a second-team Associated Press All-American.
Anthony, a third-team All-ACC player in 2013, was the top tackler on Clemson’s defense that helped the Tigers to an 11-2 record and number-seven final national ranking by USA Today. The senior from Polkton, N.C. had 131 tackles, including 13.5 tackles for loss and four sacks. He also had five passes broken up. His only interception took place on the final defensive possession of the season in the 40-35 win over Ohio State.