The Cowboys’ sophomore sultan of sack is on another preseason list.
Collin Oliver made the Bednarik Award’s preseason watch list, it was announced Monday. The Bednarik is given annually to college football’s most outstanding defensive player. This comes after Oliver was named to the Nagurski watch list last week, an award also given to the best defender in college football.
Oliver led the Cowboys with 11.5 sacks last season en route to making a handful of freshman All-American teams. He was also named the Big 12’s Freshman Defensive Player of the Year. He had three multiple sack games as a true freshman, and in a five-game stretch toward the end of the season, he had seven sacks.
Oliver is one of only two players to record double-digit sacks in a season under Mike Gundy (and Oliver did it as a true freshman, no less). He joined Emmanuel Ogbah on that list. Ogbah had 13 sacks in 2015 and 11 sacks in 2014.
Out of Edmond Santa Fe High School, Oliver enters his sophomore season listed at 6-foot-2, 235-pounds, up 10 pounds from what he was listed at last season.
Here is a look at other OSU players in #WatchListSZN:
Spencer Sanders — Walter Camp, Davey O’Brien
Dominic Richardson — Doak Walker
Collin Oliver — Bednarik, Nagurski
Brock Martin — Nagurski
Hunter Woodard — Outland
Tom Hutton — Ray Guy
Brennan Presley — Paul Hornung