Scales named to Bednarik Award watch list

Tegray Scales has received another preseason honor.

The Indiana linebacker is on the watch list for the Chuck Bednarik Award, which honors college football’s defensive player of the year.

As a junior last season, Scales led the nation with 93 solo stops and 23.5 tackles for loss. He also paced the Big Ten with 126 total tackles.

Scales ended the season with second team All-America recognition from, becoming the first IU linebacker to receive such honors since Van Waiters in 1987.

The Bednarik Award recognition is the latest preseason accolade to come Scales’ way. Scales is also on the watch list for the Lott IMPACT Trophy, which goes to the top defensive player who makes the biggest impact for his team on and off the field.

Scales also recently received second team All-America honors from Athlon.

Semifinalists for the Bednarik Award will be announced Oct. 30, before the unveiling of three finalists on Nov. 20. The winner will be announced as part of the Home Depot College Football Awards Show held on Dec. 7.


  1. this is great to see, Tegray Scales getting the recognition and accolades he deserves. Go Hoosier!!

  2. Yes, looking forward to him having All American year. More positive recruiting action needed. However, at least not just offering anyone, at least I don’t think they are to fill roster. Maybe, they are fighting and being patient to get the best they can.

    1. Let’s hope Tegray stays healthy and leads the defense to another level of play this year. It would be great to see him receive this award at the end of an outstanding senior season. Good luck Tegray!

      t – agree about recruiting. Very disappointing how slow it is going and that Allen, Debord, and Mark Hagen have only gotten that one early commitment from the state of Indiana. With their connections in the state, one would hope they could at least get 2 or 3 of the top 10 or 15 in the state. Hagen got national awards for his recruiting while at Purdue. Sure would like to see a few more pick-ups before the start of the season, but am not holding my breath.

  3. It is very good to see Tegray get recognized in the pre-season. As far as recruiting is going, this is a down year in Indiana for 4 star recruits. The other issue is it takes time to build the relationships needed to bring the players in. I also wonder how many will stay home when they have options to go outside the state to top programs. It takes players like last year -Fitzgerald in particular – that push other players to join him at IU. As a result they had a good class from Indiana in the 2017 class. I want the best in Indiana to stay home but more improtantly I want the best players at IU no matter where they went to school.

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