USC's Su'a Cravens, Adoree' Jackson on Bednarik Award watchlist

USC's Su'a Cravens, Adoree' Jackson on Bednarik Award watchlist
USC linebackerSu'a Cravens gesturesduring a win over Oregon State at the Coliseum on Sept. 27. (Mark J. Terrill / Associated Press)

USC linebacker Su’a Cravens and cornerback Adoree’ Jackson were named to the watchlist for the Bednarik Award, presented annually to college football’s defensive player of the year.

Cravens, a junior, was a freshman All-American safety in 2013 and was an All-Pac-12 Conference linebacker last season.

Jackson was a Freshman All-American last season. He also returns kicks and plays receiver.

Cravens and Jackson are key players for a defense that must make up for the losses of All-American lineman Leonard Williams and linebacker Hayes Pullard, a four-year starter.

USC opens training camp Aug. 8.

The Trojans play Arkansas State in their opener Sept. 5.