Vancouver’s Covington poised for prestigious NCAA honour

Christian Covington has been included on the Maxwell Football’s watch list for the 20th annual Chuck Bednarik Award.

The 6’3, 295 pound defensive tackle from Vancouver, British Columbia is a junior with NCAA Division 1 team, Rice Owls.

In 2013, Covington led the Owls with 59 tackles (including 14 for a loss) which is a career high. What is impressive is that the defensive tackle played the final five games of the season with a thumb injury which required him to sport a heavy cast on his right hand. In those final five games, he registered 4.5 tackles for a loss including two in the Liberty Bowl.

Covington also played a significant role in the Owls getting their first two defensive majors this past season.

The Vancouver defensive tackle was recognized as he selected as a First Team All-Conference USA (chosen by coaches) as well as Dave Campbell’s Texas Football’s All-Texas Team.

Christian Covington

Prior to the Owls, Covington suited up for the Vancouver College Fighting Irish of the British Columbia High School Football Association (BCHSFA). During his time there, he led the team to a Provincial Championship as well as recorded 38 sacks and registered 276 tackles.

As for the Chuck Bednarik Award, it is given to the Top College Defensive Player of the Year. It is named after the former NFL great (Philadelphia Eagles) who played in the NCAA for Penn.

The watch list will be pared down to semi-finalists for the award and that will be announced on November 3rd, 2014.  On November 24th, the three finalists will be named and soon after the award will be revealed during the Home Depot College Awards Football Show on December 11th, 2014. The winner will receive the award on March 6 at the Maxwell Club Football Awards, which will be held Revel Hot Casino in Atlantic City.

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