Middleton named to Bednarik Watch List

Released by IU today:

Indiana defensive end Greg Middleton has been named to the Chuck Bednarik Award Watch List, the Maxwell Football Club announced on Monday afternoon. The award is given to the best defensive player in college football and is the fourth preseason watch list Middleton has found himself on.

Middleton is also on the the Bronko Nagurski Trophy Watch List, the Rotary Lombardi Award Preliminary Watch List and the Lott Trophy Watch List.

The Chuck Bednarik Award has been presented since 1995 and is named in honor of Chuck Bednarik, a former University of Pennsylvania and Philadelphia Eagle great. Mr. Bednarik is a member of both the College Football Hall of Fame (1969) and the NFL Hall of Fame (1967).

Semifinalists for the Bednarik Award will be announced in early November and three finalists will be announced Nov. 25. The winner of the 2008 Bednarik Award will be announced as part of the ESPN Home Depot College Football Awards Show in December. The formal presentation of these awards will be made at the Maxwell Football Club Awards Gala hosted by Harrah's Entertainment Atlantic City on March 6.

The watch list candidates have been chosen by the Maxwell Football Club's Selection Committee and the Maxwell Club reserves the right to make additions and subtractions to these lists as the 2008 season unfolds. All members of the Maxwell Football Club, NCAA Sports Information Directors, Head Coaches and selected national media are eligible to vote for these awards.


  1. He better have another great year. Greg Brown better have a great year as well. So better Austin Thomas, Geno, Will P, and Tyler for that matter. The whole damn defense better take a serious step forward.

  2. Let’s see, Western Kentucky to start out followed by Murray State and Ball State? Middleton will have close to a dozen sacks in three games then disappear when real linemen take the field. Oh wait, Central Michigan on Nov. 11? So he’ll have about a dozen on the year. Not bad, but somebody on the Maxwell Committee will undoubtedly note the schedule and make the appropriate subtraction.

  3. IUHoosier65-

    Don’t look past that Ball State game. That is an almost surefire Hoosier loss, and our first reminder that 2008 will be yet another all too familiar 5-7 affair.

  4. Surefire loss? What’s your reasoning on that? The Davis/Hill combo is pretty solid, but what else do they have, surely not much of a defense. This is a team IU handled easily last year and would have been even more of a blowout if IU hadn’t turned the ball over 3 times in the first quarter.

  5. Also, at most it would be a tough game that IU could lose, but not a surefire loss – that’s what happens when IU plays OSU, not a MAC team even if it is a good one.

  6. Why is that a surefire loss? We haven’t lost to a MAC team in like 30 years.

  7. Yeah, but IU was a player away from losing to BSU in ’06 – a player, Kellen Lewis, who the team may not have this season, if ever – and the Hoosiers did fall to a Div. I-AA squad that season, too.
    I still wouldn’t call it a surefire loss, even though BSU is supposed to be on the rise, but it could be a tough game, especially if Lewis is still in limbo.

  8. I never said it wouldn’t be a tough game. we are in no position to overlook anyone. It sounds like Lewis will be back though, and I think its pretty stupid to post that a home game to BSU is a surefire loss. That’s a huge reach just to be negative.

  9. IUhoosier65 – yes Middleton’s sack totals are inflated due to schedule, just like everyone nationally. Middleton had 10 sacks in the BT and 6 in non-conf. Just those 10 alone would have ranked him in the top ten nationally. I believe everyone at the top nationally picked up 5 or more sacks against lower tier teams. If you gave a “strength of team” score for each sack, I’d say he’s still he’s be #3 at worst

  10. 7/15 sacks were in OOC games.

    Disappears against better OTs.

    In 4 of 5 IU losses, he had 0 sacks.

    However, in the 7 wins, he had 12 sacks.

    Not an edge threat, relies on size and strength.

  11. Yes, a Soph. DE who led the nation in sacks is not that good. [ / sarcasm ]

    Seriously, now we’re complaining about Middleton? I’m not saying he doesn’t have things to work on, but geez……the guy had an outstanding season.

  12. two years ago the Hoosiers lost to Connecticut and Southern Illinois (a DI-AA school) – at home – after a promising start (thank you Blake Powers). They have a history of inexplicably losing games that could otherwise be real momentum-gainers early in the season. If history is any example, the Hoosiers will disappoint us again in the early going.

  13. Disappears against better OT’s or it could be that better o-lines could afford to double team him?

    made a mistake 7/16 in OOC (there were two assisted sacks in the BT that you probably missed.

    #2 Selvie – 6 sacks against Elon/UCF/Fla Atl, and 1 sack in the 2nd half of the season

    #3 Gholston – he may have had more impressive sacks despite

    #3 Long – 6 sacks against Wyoming, Middle Tenn, Duke

    #4 Jorgenson – plays for BYU, only had 3 sacks against BCS teams

    #5 Hardy – half of 10 sacks came against Memphis, La Tech, NW St

    The only that I agreed might have had stats better than Middleton (Gholston) was a Sr and the #6 overall pick in the draft this past year.

  14. He’s a bull pass rusher who is getting way too much credit because he capitalized against bad teams.

    Against MSU, OSU, Illinois, NW, Penn St, Wisconsin (our 6 losses), he had a grand total of 4 TFL and 3 sacks.

    BTW – he was 24th in the nation in TFL.

    But wait, I’m a “Purdue fan” or a “pessimist” because I’m not giving him the Bednarik or putting him in the first round. LOL!

  15. LOL-

    SO basically you are saying that he is the Eric Gordon of IU football. OK, good analogy, I’ll take that.

  16. Kids, can’t we just be happy that someone on the IU football team is getting some national recognition? With all the negative publicity surrounding the athletic department lately, I don’t care if he leads the nation in sacks playing against all the directional Michigan teams…

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