DALLAS (FWAA) – Oklahoma's junior safety Roy Williams
was named the Bronko Nagurski Defensive Player of the Week
on Monday by a panel of FWAA members.
The FWAA (Football Writers Association of America) and the Charlotte
Touchdown Club will pick a national Defensive Player of the Week
each Monday during the regular season. Williams will be added to
the Watch List for the Bronko Nagurski Trophy which will be presented
on Dec. 10 in Charlotte, N.C., by the FWAA and the Charlotte Touchdown
Williams helped clinch the Sooners' 14-3 victory over then-No.
5 Texas in Dallas with a flying hit on a blitz that allowed teammate
Teddy Lehman to make a two-yard interception return for a touchdown.
Williams also intercepted a pass, broke up two others and helped
limit Texas to 255 total yards.
Defensive back James King, a redshirt freshman from Central Michigan,
won the first weekly award this season. North Carolina's junior
defensive end Julius Peppers claimed the second weekly award with
his performance in the Tar Heels' shocking 41-9 victory over
Florida State. Linebacker Dan Dawson of Rice won the third weekly
award with a standout defensive performance in the Owls' 27-24
victory over Hawaii.
2001 Bronko Nagurski Players of the Week:
• Sept. 10: James King, Central Michigan
• Sept. 24: Julius Peppers, North Carolina
• Oct. 1: Dan Dawson, Rice
• Oct. 8: Roy Williams, Oklahoma
• Oct. 15: E.J. Henderson, Maryland
• Oct. 22: Bob Sanders, Iowa
• Oct. 29: Jamie Burrow, Nebraska
• Nov. 5: Jermaine Petty, Arkansas
• Nov. 12: Eugene Wilson, Illinois
• Nov. 19: Jermaine Petty, Arkansas
• Sept. 24: Charlotte Touchdown Club changes award