Maponga Tabbed To Bednarik Award Watch List

July 9, 2012

PHILADELPHIA, Pa. -- TCU defensive end Stansly Maponga has been named to the watch list for the Chuck Bednarik Award, annually given to the nation's top defensive player.

The Bednarik Award has been presented each year since 1995. A former standout at Penn and with the Philadelphia Eagles, Bednarik is a member of both the College Football Hall of Fame and Pro Football Hall of Fame.

Maponga was one of four players nationally last season to rank in the top 10 in forced fumbles (five) and top 20 in sacks (nine). He topped TCU in tackles for loss (13 1/2), sacks (nine), forced fumbles (five) and fumble recoveries (two).

A junior from Carrollton, Texas, Maponga led all linemen and ranked sixth on TCU with 55 total tackles. His five forced fumbles were the most by a Horned Frog since Jerry Hughes led the nation with six in 2008.

Maponga was tabbed last month by Dave Campbell's Texas Football as the State's Best Defensive Lineman.