Winners of the Chuck Bednarik Award for the outstanding collegiate defensive player:
2012-Manti Te'o, Notre Dame
2011-Tyrann Mathieu, LSU
2010-Patrick Peterson, LSU
2009-Ndamukong Suh, Nebraska
2008-Rey Maualuga, Southern California
2007-Dan Connor, Penn State
2006-Paul Posluszny, Penn State
2005-Paul Posluszny, Penn State
2004-David Pollack, Georgia
2003-Teddy Lehman, Oklahoma
2002-E.J. Henderson, Maryland
2001-Julius Peppers, North Carolina
2000-Dan Morgan, Miami
1999-LaVar Arrington, Penn State
1998-Dat Nguyen, Texas A&M
1997-Charles Woodson, Michigan
1996-Pat Fitzgerald, Northwestern
1995-Pat Fitzgerald, Northwestern
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