Burr-Kirven and Murphy are the only players from the Pac-12 to be named semifinalists for the Bednarik Award, presented to college football's top defensive player.

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Washington senior linebacker Ben Burr-Kirven and sophomore cornerback Byron Murphy were named Monday semifinalists for the Bednarik Award, presented to college football’s top defensive player.

They are are the only two players from the Pac-12 Conference to be named among the 20 national semifinalists.

Burr-Kirven, a senior from Menlo Park, Calif., leads the nation with 122 tackles (13.56 per game), the most by a Husky since Cort Dennison had 128 tackles in 2011.

Murphy, a third-year sophomore from Scottsdale, Ariz., ranks in the top 10 nationally with 11 pass breakups this season.