Johnthan Banks named to Bednarik Award watch list

ATHENS, GA - OCTOBER 01: Aaron Murray #11 of the Georgia Bulldogs passes the ball while being pressured by Johnthan Banks #13 of the Mississippi State Bulldogs at Sanford Stadium on October 1, 2011 in Athens, Georgia. (Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images)

MSU Senior Cornerback Johnthan Banks has been named to the Chuck Bednarik Award preseason watch list, the school officially announced this morning.

The award is given annually to the nation's best collegiate defensive player. The preseason watch list includes 66 players from across the country.

You can find the full watch list here, along with the watch list for the Maxwell Award.

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