Penn State All-America linebacker Dan Connor won the Chuck Bednarik Award tonight. It is presented to the nationís top defensive player by the Maxwell Football Club.

Connor, the Nittany Lionsí career tackle leader with 410 hits, also was one of three finalists for the 2006 Bednarik Award, which was captured by teammate Paul Posluszny for the second consecutive year. The award was first presented in 1995 in honor of former Philadelphia Eagles standout Chuck Bednarik.

Connor was joined by LSU defensive tackle Glenn Dorsey and Ohio State linebacker James Laurinaitis as finalists for the award.