BOONE, N.C. — App State senior cornerback Shemar Jean-Charles has been named a semifinalist for both the 2020 Chuck Bednarik Award, which goes to the nation’s outstanding defensive player, and the 2020 Paycom Jim Thorpe Award, which is given annually to the nation’s top defensive back.
Jean-Charles, a native of Miramar, Fla., is currently the FBS leader with 16 PBUs, 17 passes defended (with one interception at Texas State) and 1.7 passes defended per game in 10 games for the Mountaineers (7-3). He has been named ESPN’s No. 3 breakout player in 2020 behind just BYU quarterback Zach Wilson and Alabama quarterback Mac Jones.
Jean-Charles is one of 18 semifinalists for the Bednarik Award, including one of just two cornerbacks, and one of 12 semifinalists for the Thorpe Award. He is a two-year starter who is tied for No. 4 among active FBS players with 31 career PBUs, and his 33 career passes defended are tied for No. 8 among active players.
Based on the work of Jean-Charles and other members of App State’s defense, the Mountaineers have an FBS-leading 65 passes defended this season. Jean-Charles also has 33 tackles this season.
Semifinalist voting for the Bednarik Award will begin on Tuesday and close Dec. 20. Three finalists will be announced Dec. 21.
The Oklahoma Sports Hall of Fame announced the semifinalists for the Thorpe Award, which is based on performance on the field, athletic ability and character. Three finalists will be announced Dec. 22, in conjunction with ESPN.
2020 CHUCK BEDNARIK AWARD SEMIFINALISTS LIST
Patrick Surtain, Alabama, Junior, CB
Shemar Jean-Charles, App State, Senior, CB
Justin Rice, Arkansas State, Senior, LB
Jon Rhattigan, Army, Senior, LB
Myjai Sanders, Cincinnati, Junior, DE
Tarron Jackson, Coastal Carolina, Senior, DE
Azeez Ojulari, Georgia, Sophomore, LB
Daviyon Nixon, Iowa, Junior, DT
Jaelan Phillips, Miami, Junior, DE
Nick Bolton, Missouri, Junior, LB
Kyle Hamilton, Notre Dame, Sophomore, S
Jeremiah Owusu-Koramoah, Notre Dame, Junior, LB
Patrick Jones, Pittsburgh, Senior, DE
Rashad Weaver, Pittsburgh, Senior, DE
Trevon Moehrig, TCU, Junior, S
Joseph Ossai, Texas, Junior, LB
Zaven Collins, Tulsa, Junior, LB
Richie Grant, UCF, Senior, S
2020 PAYCOM JIM THORPE AWARD SEMIFINALISTS LIST
Bubba Bolden, Miami, R-Junior
Jalen Catalon, Arkansas, R-Freshman
Kaiir Elam, Florida, Sophomore
Richie Grant, UCF, R-Senior
Allie Green IV, Tulsa, Senior
Shemar Jean-Charles, App State, Senior
Brandon Joseph, Northwestern, R-First Year
Trevon Moehrig, TCU, Junior
Tykee Smith, West Virginia, Sophomore
Patrick Surtain II, Alabama, Junior
Shaun Wade, Ohio State, Graduate
James Wiggins, Cincinnati, Senior