Nebraska junior linebacker Luke Reimer was named to his second watch list for a major national award on Monday, when he was announced as one of 90 players named to the Chuck Bednarik Award watch list. The Bednarik Award is presented annually to the outstanding defensive player in college football. Last week, Reimer was one 51 players named to the watch list for the Butkus Award, presented each year to the nation’s top linebacker.
A Lincoln native, Reimer is coming off a 2021 season when he started every game and became the first Husker in three years to record 100 tackles in a season. He led Nebraska with 108 tackles in 2021 with 6.0 tackles for loss, 1.0 sack, six pass breakups and one interception. He had double-digit tackles in five of Nebraska’s 12 games last season, including a career-high 19 against Purdue, the highest tackle total by a Husker in a Big Ten Conference game. Reimer ranked in the top 30 nationally last season in tackles and forced fumbles per game, as he forced three fumbles in 2021. He enters the 2022 season with 159 career tackles, the most of any current Husker.