New Hope grad Rudy Ford on Bednarik Award watch list

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AUBURN, Ala. (al.com) - Auburn defensive end Carl Lawson and defensive back Rudy Ford are among 90 college football players who were named to the preseason Chuck Bednarik Award watch list Tuesday.

The award has been presented annually to the nation's top defensive player since 1995.

Lawson missed six and a half games with an injured hip last season and finished with 17 tackles (three for loss) and one sack for the Tigers. He was projected by many analysts to be taken in the 2016 NFL Draft, but opted to return to Auburn for another year.

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