Ohio State football's Shaun Wade makes initial Bednarik Award watch list for nation's top defensive player

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Ohio State football's Shaun Wade makes initial Bednarik Award watch list for nation's top defensive player
Ohio State football's Shaun Wade makes initial Bednarik Award watch list for nation's top defensive player

COLUMBUS, Ohio -- Shaun Wade may not seem like the natural successor to Chase Young, but in some ways that is the role he will play in 2020 as Ohio State football's most visible defensive player. The Bednarik Award announced Monday that Wade is on the season-opening watch list for the award, given annually to the nation's top defensive player. Last season that was Young, the defensive end drafted No. 2 overall by Washington in the NFL Draft. Wade was already named to The Sporting News' preseason All-American team. He collected 25 tackles, eight pass breakups and an interception in 2019 as OSU's starting slot cornerback. He moves outside in 2020 to replace NFL draftees Jeff Okudah and Damon Arnette.

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