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 Club.
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