TCU Linebacker Duo Named To Bednarik Award Watch List
July 5, 2011
PHILADELPHIA -- TCU preseason All-America linebackers Tanner Brock and Tank Carder appear on the watch list for the Bednarik Award, recognizing the nation's top defensive player.
Brock and Carder are two of six defensive starters returning to a TCU unit that has led the nation in total defense each of the last three seasons.
A senior from Sweeny, Texas, Carder was a first-team All-American, the Mountain West Conference Defensive Player of the Year and the Rose Bowl's Defensive Most Valuable Player last season. He posted 60 tackles, including 9 1/2 for loss. He totaled 3 1/2 sacks, five pass breakups and an interception.
In the 21-19 Rose Bowl victory over Wisconsin, Carder broke up the Badgers' potential game-tying 2-point pass with exactly two minutes to play. He totaled six tackles in the contest, including three for loss with a sack.
Brock received third-team All-America honors last season and was a first-team All-MWC selection after topping TCU with 106 tackles, 26 more than the next-closest Horned Frog (Colin Jones, 80). Brock was just the second TCU player (Daryl Washington, 109, 2009) to reach 100 stops in a season since 2004.
A junior from Copperas Cove, Texas, Brock was the MWC Defensive Player of the Week after recording a career-high 12 tackles and an interception with a 57-yard return in TCU's 47-7 win at Utah. He added nine stops in the Rose Bowl.