Vols' Derek Barnett snubbed for Bednarik Award

Derek Barnett isn't a finalist, did he deserve to be?

Tennessee defensive end Derek Barnett leads the SEC in sacks and tackles for loss. He's one sack away from tying the legendary Reggie White's all-time school record.

Yet, he is not even on the list of three finalists for the Bednarik Award, which goes to the best defensive player in college football. Or at least it's supposed to.

This year it looks like it's going to the most hyped defensive player in college football.

The finalists are Alabama's Jonathan Allen, Michigan's Jabrill Peppers and Texas A&M's Myles Garrett.

I'm not trying to take anything away from those three, all great players, but Barnett more than deserves to be a Bednarik finalist.

Let's compare his numbers to Garrett's.

Barnett: 48 tackles, 17 tackles for loss, 11 sacks, 2 forced fumbles, INT

Garrett: 30 tackles, 14 tackles for loss, 8.5 sacks, 2 forced fumbles.

Garrett has missed two games due to injury but Barnett still has better per game averages in tackles and sacks.

Let's look at the competition that those numbers have come against. Garrett recorded 4.5 sacks last week against UT-San Antonio, a team that ranks 125th out of 128 teams in sacks allowed. 

Meanwhile, all 11 of Barnett's sacks have come against SEC teams.

2016 stats in SEC play:

Barnett: 11 sacks, 14 tackles for loss

Garrett: 3 sacks, 8 tackles for loss

Yes, Garrett does other things for his defense by taking on double teams and things like that. But so does Barnett. He has even been triple teamed (!!!) in recent weeks.

Barnett got snubbed. And it's ridiculous.



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