OU Football Tradition | Award Winners

Bednarik Award | Official Site
The Chuck Bednarik Award is presented annually to the defensive collegiate football player adjudged by the Maxwell Football Club to be the best in the United States.
 
  2003 | Teddy Lehman
Teddy Lehman
OU linebacker Teddy Lehman became the first Oklahoma player to win the Chuck Bednarik Award in 2003. The trophy is presented to the College Defensive Player of the Year as voted by the Maxwell Football Club.
 
Lehman led the team with 117 tackles, including 63 solo, with two sacks and one interception. The Ft. Gibson, Okla., native also had a team-high 19 tackles for loss (47 yards) and forced a fumble.
 
Lehman was the leader of Oklahoma's top-ranked defense, helping the Sooners advance to the National Championship game in the Sugar Bowl against LSU.
 
Lehman beat out teammate Tommie Harris and Florida State linebacker Michael Boulware for the trophy. The announcement was made during the Home Depot college football awards show in Orlando, Fla.
 
 Career Statistics
 Season
UT
AT
TT
TFL
INT
FF-FR
PBU
 2000
7
4
11
3-10
0-0
0-0
0
 2001
59
30
89
12-53
1-2
0-3
4
 2002
85
27
112
17-47
2-51
1-2
7
 2003
63
54
117
19-47
1-0
1-0
6
 Totals
214
115
329
51-157
5-53
2-5
17