WFU’s Chubb, Harris named to Bednarik Award watch list

Winston-Salem, NC – Wake Forest linebacker Brandon Chubb and defensive tackle Tylor Harris have been named to the preseason watch list for the Bednarik Award.

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Named for former West Virginia and Philadelphia Eagles star linebacker Chuck Bednarik, the award honors the nation’s top defensive player.

Chubb, a 6-1, 245-pound senior linebacker from Powder Springs, Ga. (Hillgrove), was second on the team with 109 tackles in 2014. Chubb led the Deacons with six quarterback hurries was named honorable mention All-ACC by both the media and the coaches. He finished fifth in the ACC in tackles per game with 9.1 per contest. He opened the season with 18 tackles against Louisiana-Monroe and closed the campaign with a career-high 19 stops vs. Duke.

Harris, a 6-4, 295-pound senior defensive lineman from Baton Rouge, Louisiana (Episcopal), started the first nine games of the season for Wake Forest in 2014 before a broken foot sidelined him for the final three contests. Harris made 25 tackles on the season and tied for the national lead with two blocked kicks. He was second nationally with four fumble recoveries. Harris was the ACC Defensive Lineman of the Week against Louisville last season when he recovered three fumbles including one for a touchdown against the Cardinals. Harris was an honorable mention All-ACC selection as a junior last season.