UNC Football: Larry Fedora named to Dodd Trophy watch list

UNC’s Larry Fedora is latest member of team to be named to award watch list

Head coach Larry Fedora has the North Carolina Tar Heels in a tie for first place in the ACC Coastal Division with a 4-1 conference record.

With the success the Tar Heels have had this season, Fedora is now being recognized.

The officials from the Bobby Dodd Coach of the Year Foundation have released the mid-season watch list for the award, listing 18 college football coaches.

Among those 18 is Fedora who has the Tar Heels ranked No. 18 in the latest AP Top 25 poll after they had a week off.

They are also expected to be ranked in the top 25 of the initial College Football Playoff poll for the 2016 season on Nov. 1.

Chairman Jim Terry released a statement on the mid-season watch list:

“We are at the midpoint of the college football season and in our opinion, these 18 head coaches have separated themselves from the rest of the pack,” said Jim Terry, Chairman of the Bobby Dodd Coach of the Year Foundation. “Whether it is their current on-field success, high academic standing or community involvement, these are the coaches who have best represented what the Dodd Trophy is all about.”

Fedora has some elite company on the list, including a few past winners of the award.

Joining Fedora is: Paul Chryst (Wisconsin), P.J. Fleck (Western Michigan), Jim Harbaugh (Michigan), Bryan Harsin (Boise State), Dana Holgorsen (West Virginia), Mike MacIntyre (Colorado), Gus Malzahn (Auburn), Jim McElwain (Florida), Urban Meyer (Ohio State), Ken Niumatalolo (Army), Chris Petersen (Washington), Mike Riley (Nebraska), Nick Saban (Alabama), Bob Stoops (Oklahoma), Kevin Sumlin (Texas A&M), Dabo Swinney (Clemson) and Kyle Whittingham (Utah).

The award recognizes coaches with the highest ideals of leadership, scholarship and integrity both on and off the field.

A committee as well as voting members will vote on the winner of the award and present it during the Chick-fil-A Peach Bowl week in Atlanta.

Fedora and the Tar Heels will take on Georgia Tech on Saturday as they look to keep their Coastal Division hopes alive.

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