BOONE, N.C. — App State cornerback Steven Jones Jr. has made the Maxwell Football Club’s watch list for the Chuck Bednarik Award, which is presented annually to the outstanding defensive player in college football.
Jones adds the Bednarik Watch List to being a second-team preseason All-American from Walter Camp and making watch lists for the Nagurski Trophy (nation’s top defender) and Jim Thorpe Award (nation’s top defensive back).
Last season, Jones tied for second place nationally and first in the Sun Belt last season with five interceptions. He led the country with three pick-six interception returns for touchdowns, ranked in the top 20 nationally with 13 passes defended (counting eight breakups) and finished the season with 51 tackles.
Heading into the 2022 season, Jones has seven career interceptions, four interception returns for touchdowns and five total touchdowns.
Bednarik was a standout at the University of Pennsylvania and with the Philadelphia Eagles.