Preseason accolades piling up for Tigers’ Ifedi

U of M Tigers Memphis

MEMPHIS, Tenn. — Memphis senior defensive end Martin Ifedi has been included on the initial watch list for the 2014 Bronko Nagurski Trophy. The trophy is presented annually to the best defensive player in America.

A total of 81 student-athletes including 23 defensive ends are on the initial watch list for the Trophy. Players may be added or removed from the watch list during the course of the season. The Football Writers Association of America (FWAA) will choose a Bronko Nagurski National Defensive Player of the Week each Tuesday throughout the season.

The FWAA and the Charlotte Touchdown Club will announce five finalists for the 2014 Nagurski Trophy on Nov. 20.

Earlier this week Ifedi was named to the Chuck Bednarik Award Watch List, named in honor of the College and Pro Football Hall of Famer who played collegiately at Penn and was the first draft pick of the 1949 NFL Draft, selected by the Philadelphia Eagles.

Ifedi is coming off a junior season in which he recorded 52 total tackles including 14.5 tackles for loss and 11.5 quarterback sacks.

The Houston native has begun post-graduate studies after earning his bachelor’s degree from the University of Memphis in May. This spring he received the Zach Curlin Award, given annually to Memphis’ top male student-athlete.

-gotigersgo-

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s