LEXINGTON, Ky. -- For the second time this week, University of Kentucky senior defensive end Alvin “Bud” Dupree has found himself on a national watch list which names college football’s defensive player of the year as the Football Writers Association of America and Charlotte Touchdown Club named Dupree to the 2014 Bronko Nagurski Trophy Watch List on Thursday.
Dupree, who on Monday was named to the Chuck Bednarik Award Preseason Watch List, is one of 81 defensive players on the Bronko Nagurski Trophy Watch List, which has named the National Defensive Player of the Year since 1993. The senior is one of 23 defensive ends on the list, which features student-athletes from eight of the 10 NCAA Division I Bowl Subdivision conferences.
The native of Irwinton, Ga., is coming off a strong junior season that saw him lead all Southeastern Conference defensive linemen with 61 tackles. Dupree, who turned down an early chance at the NFL by returning to Kentucky for his senior season, finished 2013 with a team-best seven sacks, which ranked sixth in the conference and 40th in all of college football. Overall last season, Dupree had a team-high 9.5 tackles for loss, one pass breakup, three quarterback hurries and two fumbles forced.