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Wyoming linebacker Logan Wilson waits on the sidelines during a Cowboys' spring practice on March 28 at War Memorial Stadium in Laramie.

LARAMIE -- Wyoming linebacker Logan Wilson is on the watch list for the Chuck Bednarik Award.

Wilson was one of 80 players nationwide named to the list Monday by the Maxwell Football Club. The award, named after former Penn and NFL standout Chuck Bednarik, has been annually awarded to the top defensive player in college football since 1995.

A Casper native, Wilson is entering his fourth year as a starter. The Natrona County High School graduate has led the Cowboys in tackles each of the last two seasons and has 316 for this career, which ranks second among active FBS players. Wilson also led the team in interceptions last season on his way to honorable mention all-Mountain West honors. He was named MW Freshman of the Year in 2016 after recording 94 tackles that season -- the lowest total of his career.

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He was also a team captain as a sophomore and junior and could join former safety Marcus Epps as UW's only three-time captains in the modern era when this year's captains are chosen during fall camp.

The 6-foot-2, 250-pound Wilson is one of six starters back on a defense that finished in the top 35 nationally in points, total yards, rushing yards and passing yards allowed.

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Davis Potter is the University of Wyoming athletics reporter. An Alabama native and 2011 Auburn University graduate, Potter joined the Star-Tribune in 2018 after five years covering Ole Miss and the Southeastern Conference. He lives in Laramie.

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