Richard LeCounte, Eric Stokes named to 2020 Bednarik Award Watch List
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Richard LeCounte, Eric Stokes named to 2020 Bednarik Award Watch List

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UGA's Eric Stokes. Photo: Chamberlain Smith/UGA

UGA defensive backs Richard LeCounte and Eric Stokes have each been named to the 2020 Bednarik Award Watch List, the Maxwell Football Club has announced.

The Bednarik Award, named after Chuck Bednarik, is an annual award given to the college football defensive player of the year.

Last season, Georgia defensive back J.R. Reed was named to the Bednarik Award Watch List. Reed was later named a semifinalist for the award.

Semifinalists for the 2020 Bednarik Award will be announced on Tuesday, Nov. 3, followed by the three finalists on Monday, Nov. 23. The winner of the 2020 Bednarik Award will be announced at the ESPN Home Depot College Football Awards Show on Thursday, Dec. 10, 2020.

Richard LeCounte, who hails from from Riceboro, Ga., played in all 14 games last season and had 61 total tackles (35 solo, 26 assisted). LeCounte also had four interceptions, two forced fumbles, and five fumble recoveries.

Eric Stokes is a native of Covington, Ga. He also played in all 14 games in 2019 and recorded 38 total tackles (30 solo, eight assisted), one sack, and one force fumble.

The Georgia Bulldogs are currently slated to open the 2020 season against the Virginia Cavaliers in the Chick-fil-A Kickoff on Monday, Sept. 7.

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