Football Writers Association of America Nov. 7, 2006
For Immediate Release
Contact: Steve Richardson
972-713-6198
Senior linebacker helps Bulldogs stun Alabama
MISSISSIPPI STATE'S CULBERSON IS NAGURSKI NATIONAL DEFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE WEEK

DALLAS (FWAA) Mississippi State linebacker Quinton Culberson has been named the FWAA/Bronko Nagurski National Defensive Player of the Week for games the week of Nov. 4.

The Bronko Nagurski TrophyCulberson, a 6-0, 242-pound senior from Jackson, Miss., posted 10 tackles, one for a loss, and intercepted a pass and returned it 51 yards for a touchdown in the Bulldogs' 24-16 victory over Alabama. Mississippi State held Alabama to three field goals in four trips inside the 20 in ending a 23-game conference road losing streak.

The Bronko Nagurski Trophy will be presented to the best defensive player in college football on Dec. 4 by the FWAA and the Charlotte Touchdown Club at the Westin Hotel in Charlotte, N.C.

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 game day 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 Bronko Nagurski National Defensive Players of the Week
Sept. 2: Buster Davis, Florida State
Sept. 9: James Laurinaitis, Ohio State
Sept. 16: Prescott Burgess, Michigan
Sept. 23: Terrail Lambert, Notre Dame
Sept. 30: Philip Wheeler, Georgia Tech
Oct. 7: Aaron Ross, Texas
Oct. 14: Quentin Groves, Auburn
Oct. 21: Ameer Ismail, Western Michigan
Oct. 28: Damon Nickson, Middle Tennessee
Nov. 4: Quinton Culberson, Mississippi State