Junior linebacker Tremaine Edmunds has made his second postseason award watchlist of the Summer. This time, it's the Nagurski Trophy, given to the best defensive player in the nation.
From Monday's post about Edmunds's selection to the Bednarik Award watchlist:
Last year, Edmunds made 106 total tackles, 18.5 of them for loss, with 4.5 sacks. He also intercepted one pass and broke up three more, hurried the quarterback nine times, and caused and recovered one fumble. He was the Hokies' second-leading tackler behind fellow linebacker Andrew Motuapuaka. He is expected to be one of the conference's - even the country's - top linebackers in 2017.
Edmunds was a four-star and the No. 236 overall prospect nationally in the Class of 2015 out of Danville (Va.) Dan River. He made 11 total tackles, 2.5 for loss, during his true freshman season in 2015, and parlayed that into an every-game starting role last Fall. Older brother Terrell Edmunds, a redshirt junior, is a starting safety for the Hokies.
Linebacker Corey Moore won the Trophy in 1999, and is to date the only Hokie to be so honored. Edmunds is hoping to be the second.
20 ACC players made the initial watchlist, including fellow linebackers James Hearns (Louisville), Micah Kiser (Virginia), and Shaq Quarterman (Miami). The 20 honorees leads all conferences, with the Big Ten next at 16.