|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|
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.