June 21, 2005
PULLMAN, Wash. -- Washington State linebacker Will Derting has been named to the preseason watch list for the 2005 Chuck Bednarik Award.
Named for Chuck "Concrete Charley" Bednarik, a Philadelphia Eagles great and college and pro football hall of famer, the award is presented to the college defensive player of the year. The award is sponsored by the Maxwell Football Club and voted on by NCAA head college football coaches, members of the Maxwell Football Club and sportswriters and sportscasters from across the country.
Derting's outstanding play continues to garner national attention with the WSU standout also recognized on the 2005 Lombardi Award and Lott Trophy watch lists.
The senior racked up 93 tackles in 2004, including 11.5 behind the line of scrimmage with 3.5 sacks. Despite a preseason wrist injury that forced him to play the season in a cast, Derting earned second team All-Pac-10 honors. The Okanogan, Wash., native earned first team All-Pac-10 honors in 2003 and was twice named the conference's defensive player of the week following performances against Notre Dame and Oregon State that year.
Derting is one of 50 players on the 2005 Bednarik Award watch list, joining fellow Pac-10 standouts Spencer Havner of UCLA and Darnell Bing of USC.