DALLAS (FWAA) – Notre Dame senior cornerback Shane Walton (San Diego, Calif.)
is this week's recipient of the Bronko Nagurski National Defensive Player of the Week Award for
his performance in the Fighting Irish's 25-23 win over Michigan this past Saturday in South Bend.
Walton swatted away Michigan's two-point conversion pass with 2:53 remaining in the game,
which would have tied the score in the Irish's upset of Michigan. He also intercepted a pass
in the final seconds to seal the victory. In addition, he had one fumble recovery, forced
another fumble and deflected a pass to go with eight total tackles, six unassisted.
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.
Walton 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