DALLAS (FWAA) – Miami junior safety Maurice Sikes is the season's first recipient
of the Bronko Nagurski National Defensive Player of the Week Award for his performance in the
Hurricanes' decisive 41-16 victory over Florida this past Saturday in Gainesville.
Sikes recorded the game's key defensive play when he intercepted a Rex Grossman pass at the 3-yard
line with Miami ahead, 27-16, in the third quarter. He returned the pickoff 97 yards for a touchdown.
It tied for the fourth-longest interception return in Big East Conference history and fifth-best in
Hurricane history. Sikes also had a second interception in the fourth quarter and added four tackles
and two pass break-ups.
A three-person panel from the Football Writers Association of America (FWAA) selects the winner of
the weekly award.
The FWAA and the Charlotte Touchdown Club pick a National Defensive Player of the Week each Monday.
Sikes will be added to the Watch List for the Bronko Nagurski Trophy which will be presented on Dec. 9
in Charlotte, N.C., by the FWAA and the Charlotte Touchdown Club.
2002 Bronko Nagurski Players of the Week
• Sept. 9: Maurice Sikes, Miami
• Sept. 16: Shane Walton, Notre Dame
• Sept. 23: Willie Pile, Virginia Tech
• Sept. 30: R.J. Jones, Missouri
• Oct. 7: Matt Grier, Mississippi
• Oct. 14: Corey Webster, LSU
• Oct. 21: Brandon Everage, Oklahoma
• Oct. 28: Terrell Suggs, Arizona State
• Nov. 4: Josh Ott, Boston College
• Nov. 11: Bobby Walker, Kansas State
• Charlotte Touchdown Club