Football Writers Association of America June 8, 2006
For Immediate Release
Contact: Steve Richardson
972-713-6198
56 players get early consideration for National Defensive Player of the Year
2006 BRONKO NAGURSKI
TROPHY WATCH LIST ANNOUNCED

DALLAS (FWAA) The Football Writers Association of America has announced the Bronko Nagurski Trophy Watch List for the 2006 season. Fifty-six standout players from around the country have been nominated for consideration in the preseason.

The Bronko Nagurski TrophyThe Bronko Nagurski Trophy, awarded to the best defensive player in college football, has been a staple of the FWAA's awards since 1993. It is sponsored by the Charlotte Touchdown Club, which has held the annual awards banquet since 1995.

The 2006 banquet is set for Monday, Dec. 4, at the Westin Hotel in Charlotte, where five finalists will vie for the prize. Louisville defensive end Elvis Dumervil won the 2005 Bronko Nagurski Trophy.

The FWAA All-America Committee selects the Bronko Nagurski winner from the association's 11-man All-America defensive team in late November. Players may be added from the Bronko Nagurski Watch List during the course of the 2005 season.

For the sixth straight season, the FWAA will select Bronko Nagurski National Defensive Players of the Week, beginning with games the week of Sept. 2 and running through the middle of November. Each national player of the week will be  added to the trophy's watch list throughout the season.

2006 BRONKO NAGURSKI TROPHY PRESEASON WATCH LIST
Player, School Pos. Cl. Hometown
Gaines Adams, Clemson DE Sr. Greenwood, S.C.
Rufus Alexander, Oklahoma LB Sr. Baton Rouge, La.
Antwan Applewhite, San Diego State DE Jr. Torrance, Calif.
Brandon Archer, Kansas State LB Sr. St. Paul, Minn.
Baraka Atkins, Miami, Fla. DL Sr. Sarasota, Fla.
Daniel Bazuin, Central Michigan DE Sr. McBain, Mich.
H.B. Blades, Pittsburgh LB Sr. Plantation, Fla.
Tommy Blake, TCU DE Jr. Aransas Pass, Texas
Keyonvis Bouie, Florida International LB Sr. Pahokee, Fla.
Mkristo Bruce, Washington State DE Sr. Renton, Wash.
Nick Bunting, Tulsa LB Sr. Tulsa, Okla.
Rob Caldwell, Navy LB Sr. St. John, Ind.
Adam Carriker, Nebraska DE Sr. Kennewick, Wash.
Brent Curvey, Iowa State DL Sr. Houston, Texas
Keyunta Dawson, Texas Tech DE Sr. Shreveport, La.
Joe Garcia, Nevada DB Sr. Westminster, Calif.
Courtney Greene, Rutgers DB So. New Rochelle, N.Y.
Michael Griffin, Texas S Sr. Austin, Texas
Korey Hall, Boise State LB Sr. Glenns Ferry, Idaho
Leon Hall, Michigan CB Sr. Vista, Calif.
Vince Hall, Virginia Tech LB Jr. Chesapeake, Va.
Marcus Hamilton, Virginia CB Sr. Centreville, Va.
Will Herring, Auburn LB Sr. Opelika, Ala.
David Herron, Michigan State LB Sr. Warren, Ohio
Loren Howard, Arizona State DE Sr. Scottsdale, Ariz.
Daymeion Hughes, California CB Sr. Los Angles, Calif.
Lawrence Jackson, USC DE Jr. Inglewood, Calif.
Cameron Jensen, BYU LB Sr. Bountiful, Utah
Jeremy Jones, UTEP LB Sr. San Jose, Calif.
LaRon Landry, LSU FS Sr. Ama, La.
Marcus McCauley, Fresno State CB Sr. Sacramento, Calif.
Kevin McLee, West Virginia LB Sr. Uniontown, Pa.
Larry McSwain, UAB DE Sr. Vigor, Ala.
Brandon Mebane, California DT Sr. Los Angeles, Calif.
Brandon Meriweather, Miami, Fla. DB Sr. Apopka, Fla.
Quentin Moses, Georgia DE Sr. Athens, Ga.
J.D. Nelson, Oregon FS Sr. Mountain View, Calif.
Stephen Nicholas, South Florida LB Sr. Jacksonville, Fla.
Sam Olajubutu, Arkansas LB Sr. LaGrange, Ga.
Chase Ortiz, TCU DE Jr. League City, Texas
Sabby Piscitelli, Oregon State S Sr. Boca Raton, Fla.
Quinn Pitcock, Ohio State DT Sr. Piqua, Ohio
Paul Posluszny, Penn State LB Sr. Aliquippa, Pa.
Darrelle Revis, Pittsburgh DB Jr. Aliquippa, Pa.
Brandon Siler, Florida LB Jr. Orlando, Fla.
Brian Smith, Missouri DE Sr. Denton, Texas
Aqib Talib, Kansas CB So. Richardson, Texas
Kelly Talavou, Utah DL Sr. Santa Ana, Calif.
Thaddaeus Washington, Colorado LB Sr. Marrero, La.
Anthony Waters, Clemson LB Sr. Lake View, S.C.
Eric Weddle, Utah DB Sr. Alta Loma, Calif.
John Wendling, Wyoming S Sr. Rock Springs, Wyo.
Eric Wicks, West Virginia DB Sr. Pittsburgh, Pa.
Patrick Willis, Mississippi LB Sr. Bruceton, Tenn.
LaMarr Woodley, Michigan LB Sr. Saginaw, Mich.
Tom Zbikowski, Notre Dame DB Sr. Arlington Heights, Ill.
Players may be added or deleted from thelist before or during the season

The Football Writers Association of America, a non-profit organization founded in 1941, consists of more than 900 men and women across North America who cover college football for a living. The membership includes journalists, broadcasters and publicists, as well as key executives in all the areas that involve the game. The FWAA works to govern areas that include gameday operations, major awards, a national poll and its annual All-America team.

The Charlotte Touchdown Club is a non-profit organization founded in 1990 for the purpose of promoting high school, collegiate, and professional football in the Charlotte, N.C. region. The club's activities and services focus community attention on the outstanding citizenship, scholarship, sportsmanship, and leadership of area athletes and coaches. For more information, contact John Rocco (704-347-2918 or jrocco@touchdownclub.com). The official website of the Charlotte Touchdown Club is www.touchdownclub.com.

For more information on the Bronko Nagurski Trophy, contact FWAA executive director Steve Richardson (972-713-6198 or tiger@fwaa.com).

2006 FWAA ALL-AMERICA COMMITTEE
Eric Bailey Tulsa World Conference USA
Chad Cripe Idaho Statesman WAC
Scott Ferrell Shreveport Times SEC, Sun Belt
Robert Gagliardi Wyoming Tribune-Eagle Mountain West
Eric Hansen South Bend Tribune MAC, Notre Dame
Tom Luicci Newark Star-Ledger Big East
Andrew Logue Des Moines Register Big Ten
Jeff Metcalfe Arizona Republic Pac-10
George Schroeder Daily Oklahoman Big 12
Norm Wood Newport News Daily Press ACC