Going into his senior season, when the defense takes the field, all eyes will be on linebacker and team leader, K.J. Britt.
On Monday Britt was named to the Chuck Bednarik Award watch list.
The Bednarik Award is given annually to the nation’s best defensive player. The award started in 1995 and is named after former Penn State and Philadelphia Eagles star Chuck Bednarik.
Auburn has never had a player win the Bednarik Award.
In 2019 Derrick Brown was named to the watch list and was named a finalist for the award, ultimately losing out to Ohio State defensive end Chase Young.
During his junior season and first full season as a starter, Britt recorded 68 tackles, including 2.5 for loss and a forced fumble.
Britt will command an Auburn linebacker group that includes Owen Pappoe, Zakoby McClain, Chandler Wooten and four freshmen: Wesley Steiner, Desmond Tisdol, Cam Riley and Romello Height.
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With the departure of defensive leaders like Brown and Daniel Thomas, Britt is expected to be the leader for a young Auburn defense.
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