On Monday, the watchlist for the Bednarik Award for the nation’s best defensive player was announced. On that list were 2 Miami Hurricanes players: LB Shaq Quarterman and DT Kendrick Norton.
A bit more narrative on this from UM Athletics:
Sophomore linebacker Shaquille Quarterman and junior defensive lineman Kendrick Norton were selected to the watch list for the Chuck Bednarik Award, honoring the nation's top defensive player.
A freshman All-American by several publications a year ago, Quarterman delivered a standout first season for the Hurricanes in 2016. The Florida native started all 13 games and ranked second on the team with 84 tackles, including 43 solo stops. He also finished with 10.0 tackles for loss, 3.5 sacks, and earned All-ACC third-team honors.
As a sophomore in 2016, Norton received All-ACC third-team honors following a year where he started every game on the Hurricanes' defensive line and posted 39 total tackles. He also recorded 10.0 tackles for loss and registered a pair of sacks.
Both Quarterman and Norton are top tier players at important positions for the Canes. Miami will look to have both players take steps forward with their leadership and performance in 2017.