DALLAS (FWAA) - Missouri strong safety Pig Brown
has been named the FWAA/Bronko Nagurski National Defensive Player
of the Week for games during the first weekend of the 2007 season.
5-11, 205-pound senior from Adel, Ga., was the star of the Tigers
40-34 season-opening victory over Illinois in St. Louis. Brown recovered
two fumbles one of which he returned for a touchdown, an NCAA
record-tying 100 yards. He also made a leaping interception in the
end zone with less than a minute to play to preserve the victory.
Brown had five tackles, including one for a loss.
He will be added to the 2007 Bronko Nagurski Trophy Watch List.
The Bronko Nagurski Trophy will be presented to the best defensive
player in college football on Dec. 3 by the FWAA and the Charlotte
Touchdown Club at the Westin Hotel in Charlotte, N.C.
Each week during the 2007 season the FWAA All-America Committee
will select a national defensive player of the week from nominations
made by the 11 Division I Bowl Subdivision Conferences and major
Last season Ohio State linebacker James Laurinaitis won the coveted
Bronko Nagurski Trophy during the 12th season the FWAA has named
a Defensive Player of the Year.
The Football Writers Association of America, a non-profit
organization founded in 1941, consists of more than 1,000 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 email@example.com).
The official website of the Charlotte Touchdown Club is
For more information on the Bronko Nagurski Trophy, contact FWAA
executive director Steve Richardson (972-713-6198 or
2007 Bronko Nagurski National Defensive Players of the Week
Sept. 1: Pig Brown, Missouri
Sept. 8: Nate Allen, South Florida
Sept. 15: Robert Johnson, Utah
Sept. 22: Larry English, Northern Illinois
Sept. 29: Ben Moffitt, South Florida
Oct. 6: Eric Norwood, South Carolina
Oct. 13: Mike Humpal, Iowa
Oct. 20: D.J. Moore, Vanderbilt
Oct. 27: Terrence Wheatley, Colorado
Nov. 3: James Laurinaitis, Ohio State