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PHILADELPHIA – University of Pennsylvania senior defensive back Chris Wynn was named to the Buck Buchanan Award Watch List by The Sports Network (TSN) on Thursday. The award is given annually to the best defensive player in the FCS.
Wynn was among the last four members of the 2009 watch list to be announced by TSN. The 20 candidates were announced four at a time, in alphabetical order, over the past five weeks. The watch list will be revised in October and again in November, before the final ballot is announced. No Ivy League player has ever won the award.
Wynn had a stellar junior year in 2008, finishing with third-team All-America honors from TSN. A two-time first-team All-Ivy honoree, Wynn became the first Quaker since the inception of the Ivy League with five interceptions in back-to-back seasons. Those efforts leave him just four behind Penn’s 61-year old school record—held by former NFL great and NFL Hall of Famer Chuck Bednarik.
Wynn led the Ivy League in interceptions and passes defended last season, and was ranked in the top-10 nationally in both categories. In addition to leading the team in solo tackles, Wynn was Penn’s top kick returner in 2008, earning Ivy League Special Teams Player of the Week honors after returning the opening kickoff for a touchdown at Georgetown on Oct. 11.
Voting from a panel of FCS sports information directors, writers, broadcasters and other football experts will be conducted after the regular season ends. Three finalists will be announced on Nov. 30 and will be invited to the 23rd annual Sports Network Awards banquet on Dec. 17 in Chattanooga, Tenn. The Walter Payton Award (FCS Offensive Player of the Year) and the Eddie Robinson Award (FCS Coach of the Year) will also be presented that night.
The full list of candidates includes Central Arkansas defensive end Larry Hart, defensive end Christian Anthony of Grambling, defensive end Danny Batten of South Dakota State, strong safety Tommy Connors of Southeastern Louisiana, defensive end Dane Fletcher of Montana State, Delaware free safety Charles Graves, Southern Illinois linebacker Brandin Jordan, Murray State defensive end Austen Lane, Appalachian State free safety Mark LeGree, Massachusetts strong safety Jeromy Miles, Weber State cornerback Josh Morris, Villanova linebacker Osayi Osunde, Richmond cornerback Justin Rogers, Northern Iowa defensive end James Ruffin, Youngstown State defensive tackle Mychal Savage, William & Mary defensive end Adrian Tracy, Norfolk free safety Terrell Whitehead, Stephen F. Austin linebacker Jabara Williams, Gardner-Webb linebacker Jeffery Williams and Wynn.
Wynn and the Quakers begin the 2009 season at Franklin Field on Sept. 19 against their City of Brotherly Love rival Villanova.