STARKVILLE, Miss. - The Maxwell Football Club announced Mississippi State senior defensive end Pernell McPhee has been named to the 2010 Chuck Bednarik Award Watch List. The award, which has been presented to the nation's top defensive player since 1995, will be presented as part of the Home Depot ESPNU College Football Awards Show on December 9.
In his first season as a Bulldog, McPhee earned All-Southeastern Conference honors from both the coaches and the media. He twice earned SEC Defensive Lineman of the Week accolades, and finished the year with a team-leading 12.0 tackles for loss. Earlier this summer, McPhee was named to the Lombardi Award Watch List.
Mississippi State begins the 2010 season against Memphis on September 4. Kickoff is set for 6 p.m., and the game will be televised nationally on ESPNU.