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Landry, Highsmith Named to Bednarik Watch List
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Published: June 14, 2006, 12:00 AM (CT)
Updated: October 29, 2009, 03:21 AM (CT)
by LSUsports.net (@LSUsports), LSU Sports Interactive

BATON ROUGE -- LSU free safety LaRon Landry and linebacker Ali Highsmith have both been named to the preseason watch list for the Chuck Bednarik Award, the Maxwell Football Club announced.

The Bednarik Award is presented annually to the top defensive player in college football. Last year, Penn State’s Paul Posluszny was named the winner of the award.

Wednesday’s mention of Landry to the Bednarik list is the latest accolade for the senior, who  goes into the 2006 season as a first-team preseason All-America by Lindy’s, Athlon Magazine, and Blue Ribbon Magazine. The Sporting News tabbed Landry as a second-team preseason All-America heading into this year’s slate.

Landry is also on the preseason watch list for the Nagurski Trophy, which also recognizes the top defensive player in college football.

Landry, a three-year starter in the secondary for the Tigers, enters his final season at LSU with 241 career tackles to his credit along with 12.5 sacks and nine interceptions. Dating back to the 2003 season, Landry has started in 35 straight games.

Landry earned third-team All-America honors from the Associated Press following the 2005 season as well as being a first-team all-conference pick. He was named second-team All-SEC in both 2003 and 2004.

Highsmith, a junior to-be from Miami, just completed his first season as a starter at linebacker for the Tigers in 2005. He ranked second on the squad in 2005 with 75 tackles, which included 9.5 tackles for losses and four sacks. He also returned a fumble 22-yards for a touchdown against Vanderbilt and he ranked among the league leaders by forcing three fumbles during the year. 

Landry, Highsmith and the rest of the Tigers open the 2006 season on Sept. 2 in Tiger Stadium when LSU hosts Louisiana-Lafayette at 7 p.m.

PLAYER NAME

UNIVERSITY

POS.

CLASS

Abbate, Jonathon

Wake Forrest

LB

Jr.

Adams, Gaines

Clemson

DE

Sr.

Adibi, Xavier

Virginia Tech

LB

Jr.

Ah You, C.J.

Oklahoma

DE

Sr.

Alexander, Rufus

Oklahoma

LB

Sr.

Battle, Tra

Georgia

DB

Sr.

Bazuin, Daniel

Central Michigan

DE

Sr.

Blades, H.B.

Pittsburgh

LB

Sr.

Blake, Tommy

Texas Christian

DE

Jr.

Brown, Kareem

Miami

DL

Sr.

Brown, Kevin

UCLA

DL

Sr.

Bruce, Mkristo

Washington State

DE

Sr.

Bryant, Red

Texas A&M

DT

Jr.

Bunting, Nick

Tulsa

LB

Jr.

Burgess, Prescott

Michigan

LB

Sr.

Caldwell, Rob

U.S. Naval Academy

LB

Sr.

Carriker, Adam

Nebraska

DE

Sr.

Cason, Antoine

Arizona

DB

Jr.

Connor, Dan

Penn State

LB

Jr.

Crowder, Tim

Texas

DE

Sr.

Cushing, Brian

Southern California

LB

Soph.

Davis, Buster

Florida State

LB

Sr.

Everett, Earl

Florida

LB

Sr.

Griffin, Michael

Texas

DB

Sr.

Groves, Quinton

Auburn

DE

Jr.

Hall, Korey

Boise State

LB

Sr.

Hall, Vince

Virginia Tech

LB

Jr.

Harrell, Justin

Tennessee

DL

Sr.

Herring, Will

Auburn

LB

Sr.

Highsmith, Ali

LSU

LB

Jr.

Howard, Loren

Arizona State

DE

Sr.

Hughes, Daymeion

California

DB

Sr.

Jackson, Lawrence

Southern California

DE

Jr.

Landry, LaRon

LSU

DB

Sr.

Lua, Oscar

Southern California

LB

Sr.

McKeon, Corey

Nebraska

LB

Jr.

McLee, Kevin

West Virginia

LB

Sr.

McSwain, Larry

UAB

DE

Sr.

Mebane, Brandon

California

DL

Sr.

Meriweather, Brandon

Miami

DB

Sr.

Moses, Quentin

Georgia

DE

Sr.

Nelson, Reggie

Florida

DB

Jr.

Okam, Frank

Texas

DT

Jr.

Olajubutu, Sam

Arkansas

LB

Sr.

Phillips, Kenny

Miami

DB

Soph.

Pitcock, Quinn

Ohio State

DL

Sr.

Posluszny, Paul

Penn State

LB

Sr.

Pressley, DeMario

North Carolina State

DL

Soph.

Rivers, Keith

Southern California

LB

Jr.

Shaw, Tim

Penn State

LB

Sr.

Siler, Brandon

Florida

LB

Jr.

Taylor, Tony

Georgia

LB

Sr.

Thomas, Marcus

Florida

DL

Sr.

Toal, Brian

Boston College

LB

Jr.

Walters, Anthony

Clemson

LB

Sr.

Warren, Justin

Texas A&M

LB

Sr.

Weddle, Eric

Utah

DB

Sr.

Willis, Patrick

Mississippi

LB

Sr.

Woodley, LaMarr

Michigan

DE

Sr.

Zbikowski, Tom

Notre Dame

DB

Sr.

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