The hype for a new season continues to build for the Miami Hurricanes, and on Monday it continued to do so.
Two of Miami’s finest, senior linebacker Shaquille Quarterman and junior defensive-end Jonathan Garvin were both named to the Bednarik Award watch list.
Watch list season has officially arrived.— Canes Football (@CanesFootball) July 15, 2019
Miami has two named to the @BednarikAward watch list. pic.twitter.com/WEzmzjRExi
The Bednarik Award is presented annually to the best defensive player in college football, with Josh Allen (Kentucky) capturing the award in 2018. Linebacker Dan Morgan is the only Hurricane to ever win, when he did in 2000.
Quarterman has been starting on the Miami defense since he was a freshman in 2016. Last season as a junior, Quarterman had arguably his best year as a Hurricane, collecting 82 tackles, 14.0 TFLs and 5.0 sacks. He also recorded his first career interception against Virginia Tech.
Garvin has also been a constant in the Hurricanes attack since he was a freshman in 2017. Last year, Garvin established himself as one of the top DE’s in the country, totaling 60 tackles, 17.0 TFLs and 5.5 sacks. Against UNC, Garvin recovered a fumble and took it to the house for a touchdown.
Both Quarterman and Garvin headline a defense that is expected to once again be dominant in 2019.