TCU Places Three on Bednarik Award Watch List

Josh Carraway
July 5, 2016

PHILADELPHIA -- TCU defensive ends Josh Carraway and James McFarland as well as linebacker Travin Howard appear on the watch list for the 2016 Bednarik Award, presented to the nation’s top defensive player.

Only Alabama (four) has more players on the Bednarik Award Watch List than TCU.

Carraway is the Big 12’s only returning first-team all-conference defensive selection from last season. The Flower Mound, Texas, native led TCU last season with nine sacks and three fumble recoveries, including one returned for a touchdown in the win over Baylor. He placed second on the Horned Frogs with 11 1/2 tackles for loss among 47 stops.

Carraway received his TCU degree in May 2016 and will play this season as a graduate student.

McFarland was sidelined by injury for the entire 2015 campaign. He was the 2014 Chick-fil-A Peach Bowl Defensive Most Valuable Player in TCU’s 42-3 win over Ole Miss. The senior from West Monroe, La., led the 2014 Horned Frogs with seven sacks and three forced fumbles while placing second with 12 tackles for loss.

Howard, who began last season as a back-up safety before being moved to linebacker, was honorable-mention All-Big 12 and the 2016 Valero Alamo Bowl Defensive Most Valuable Player. He led the Horned Frogs with 105 tackles, including eight for loss, with three forced fumbles, a sack and interception.

TCU returns seven defensive starters from the close of last season as well as four additional starters who suffered season-ending injuries a year ago.

The Horned Frogs begin camp Aug. 3. The season opener is Sept. 3 versus South Dakota State at Amon G. Carter Stadium.



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