The Bednarik Award is given annually to the nation’s Outstanding Defensive Player of the Year.
The announcement of the winner of the Bednarik Award will be made during the Home Depot ESPNU College Football Awards Show that will be broadcast on ESPN on Thursday, December 10. Three finalists for the award will be announced on November 23 and a second round of voting will take place at that time.
Voting for all three of the collegiate awards presented by the Maxwell Football Club will begin today and close on Sunday, November 22. Eligible voters include Maxwell Football Club members, NCAA head football coaches, sports information directors and selected national media.
Curran, a 5-11, 222-pound native of Snellville, Ga., is second in the Southeastern Conference with 79 tackles, including 3.5 tackles for loss. He is averaging 9.9 tackles per game and has led the Bulldogs in all eight of their games. Vanderbilt’s Chris Marve has 90 tackles and is averaging 10.0, but has already played in nine games this year.
Curran has had nine games with 10 or more tackles during his career. He will be a captain for the Bulldogs against Tennessee Tech on Nov. 7. He has served that role for six of Georgia’s eight games in 2009.
Curran set a career high with 16 tackles versus #4 LSU this season. He also tallied a game-high 15 tackles and had a game-saving pass break-up to help clinch the win over South Carolina earlier this season.
Former Bulldog two-time All-American David Pollack, also a Snellville native, is the only Georgia player to ever win the award after being named the 2004 recipient.
Curran has already been named a semifinalist for the Rotary Lombardi Award in October, which Pollack also won in 2004.