Football Writers Association of America Sept. 30, 2003
For Immediate Release
Contact: Steve Richardson
True freshman sparks upset of UCF

DALLAS (FWAA) Kent State's Usama Young (Largo, Md.) is this week's recipient of the Bronko Nagurski National Defensive Player of the Week for his performance in the Golden Flashes' 36-16 victory over Central Florida this past Saturday.

The Bronko Nagurski Trophy

The freshman cornerback had four of Kent State's eight takeaways against UCF. In only his third career start, he intercepted two passes and had two fumble recoveries. Young also made five tackles, including four unassisted.

Young's interceptions and first fumble recovery came on consecutive Central Florida possessions during a 10-minute stretch of the second half and dashed any chances of a Golden Knights' comeback from a 23-10 deficit.

For the third straight season, a panel from the Football Writers Association of America (FWAA) selects the winner of the weekly award on behalf of the Charlotte Touchdown Club. The winner is announced each Tuesday throughout the season.

Young will be added to the Watch List for the 2003 Bronko Nagurski Trophy which will be presented on Dec. 8 in Charlotte, N.C., by the FWAA and the Charlotte Touchdown Club.

2003 Bronko Nagurski Players of the Week
Sept. 9: Eric Henderson, Georgia Tech
Sept. 16: Jamaal Brimmer, UNLV
Sept. 23: Corey Webster, LSU
Sept. 30: Usama Young, Kent State
Oct. 7: Dave Ball, UCLA
Oct. 14: Jorge Cordova, Nevada
Oct. 21: Keiwan Ratliff, Florida
Oct. 28: Janssen Patton, Bowling Green
Nov. 4: Derrick Johnson, Texas
Nov. 11: Erik Coleman, Washington State

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