Football Writers Association of America June 12, 2007
For Immediate Release
Contact: Steve Richardson
972-713-6198
55 players get early consideration for National Defensive Player of the Year
2007 BRONKO NAGURSKI
TROPHY WATCH LIST ANNOUNCED

DALLAS (FWAA) The Football Writers Association of America has announced the Watch List for the 2007 Bronko Nagurski Trophy, which is awarded to the best defensive player in college football and is sponsored by the Charlotte Touchdown Club.

The Bronko Nagurski TrophyThe FWAA All-America Committee selects the Bronko Nagurski winner from the association's 11-man All-America defensive team in November. The watch list was developed by the FWAA All-America committee with the help of the schools and
conferences.

The Charlotte Touchdown Club will hold the 2007 banquet on Monday, Dec. 3, at the Westin Hotel in Charlotte. Ohio State linebacker James Laurinaitis won the 2006 Bronko Nagurski Trophy.

For the seventh straight season, the FWAA will also select a Bronko Nagurski National Defensive Player of the Week beginning with games on Sept. 1 through mid-November.

The Bronko Nagurski Trophy is awarded in memory of the legendary Nagurski, a former All-America lineman at Minnesota in 1927-29 and a star for professional football's Chicago Bears in the 1930s.

2007 BRONKO NAGURSKI TROPHY PRESEASON WATCH LIST
Player, School Pos. Cl. Hometown
Xavier Adibi, Virginia Tech LB Sr. Hampton, Va.
Josh Barrett, Arizona State S Sr. Reno, Nev.
Tommy Blake, TCU DE Sr. Aransas Pass, Texas
Alvin Bowen, Iowa State LB Sr. East Orange, N.J.
Jasper Brinkley, South Carolina LB Sr. Thomson, Ga.
Calais Campbell, Miami DE Jr. Denver, Colo.
Ian Campbell, Kansas State DE Jr. Cimarron, Kan.
Antoine Cason, Arizona CB Sr. Long Beach, Calif.
Matt Castelo, San Jose State LB Sr. San Jose, Calif.
Barry Church, Toledo FS So. Pittsburgh, Pa.
Joe Clermond, Pittsburgh DE Sr. Tampa, Fla.
Tyler Clutts, Fresno State DE Sr. Clovis, Calif.
Dan Connor, Penn State LB Sr. Wallingford, Pa.
Shawn Crable, Michigan LB Sr. Massillon, Ohio
Maurice Crum, Notre Dame LB Sr. Riverview, Fla.
Bruce Davis, UCLA DE Sr. Houston, Texas
Quintin Demps, UTEP FS Sr. San Antonio, Texas
Derrick Doggett, Oregon State LB Sr. San Diego, Calif.
Glenn Dorsey, LSU DT Sr. Gonzales, La.
Jolonn Dunbar, Boston College LB Sr. Syracuse, N.Y.
Keilen Dykes, West Virginia DT Sr. Youngstown, Ohio
Larry English, Northern Illinois DE Jr. Aurora, Ill.
Eric Foster, Rutgers DT Sr. Homestead, Fla.
Drew Fowler, Air Force LB Sr. Clayton, N.C.
Stanley Franks, Idaho CB Sr. Long Beach, Calif.
Jonathan Goff, Vanderbilt LB Sr. Lynn, Mass.
Adrian Grady, Louisville DT Jr. Nichollsville, Ga.
Courtney Greene, Rutgers S Jr. New Rochelle, N.Y.
Quentin Groves, Auburn DE Sr. Greenville, Miss.
Vince Hall, Virginia Tech LB Sr. Chesapeake, Va.
Erin Henderson, Maryland LB Jr. Aberdeen, Md.
Matt Hines, Nevada DT Sr. Modesto, Calif.
Tyrell Johnson, Arkansas State S Sr. Rison, Ark.
Jeremy Jones, UTEP LB Sr. San Jose, Calif.
James Laurinaitis, Ohio State LB Jr. Hamel, Minn.
Derek Lokey, Texas DT Sr. Denton, Texas
Chris Long, Virginia DE Sr. Ivy, Va.
Dwight Lowery, San Jose State CB Sr. Santa Cruz, Calif.
Jameel McClain, Syracuse DE Sr. Philadelphia, Pa.
Albert McClellan, Marshall DE Jr. Lakeland, Fla.
Gerald McRath, Southern Miss LB So. Powder Springs, Ga.
Rey Maualuga, USC LB Jr. Eureka, Calif.
Jerod Mayo, Tennessee LB Jr. Hampton, Va.
Ben Moffitt, South Florida LB Sr. Bushnell, Fla.
Jesse Nading, Colorado State DE Sr. Highlands Ranch, Colo.
Chase Ortiz, TCU DE Sr. League City, Texas
Brian Raines, Rice LB Jr. Missouri City, Texas
Keith Rivers, USC LB Sr. Lake Mary, Fla.
Reggie Smith, Oklahoma SS Jr. Edmond, Okla.
Aqib Talib, Kansas CB Jr. Richardson, Texas
Steve Tate, Utah FS Sr. Salt Lake City, Utah
Philip Wheeler, Georgia Tech LB Sr. Columbus, Ga.
Eric Wicks, West Virginia S Sr. Pittsburgh, Pa.
Wesley Woodyard, Kentucky LB Sr. LaGrange, Ga.
Tom Zbikowski, Notre Dame S Sr. Arlington Heights, Ill.
Players may be added or deleted from the list 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).

2007 FWAA ALL-AMERICA COMMITTEE
Mark Blaudschun Boston Globe ACC
Chip Brown The Dallas Morning News Big 12
Bob Clark Eugene Register-Guard Pacific-10
Buddy Davis Ruston Leader WAC
Dennis Dodd cbssports.com MAC, Independents
Bob Holt Arkansas Democrat-Gazette SEC, Sun Belt
Steve Irvine Birmingham News Conference USA
Michael Lewis Salt Lake Tribune Mountain West
Matt Markey Toledo Blade Big Ten
Brett McMurphy Tampa Tribune Big East