DALLAS (FWAA) – Ohio State linebacker James Laurinaitis
has been named the FWAA/Bronko Nagurski National Defensive Player
of the Week for games of Nov. 3.
a 6-3, 240-pound junior from Hamel, Minn., registered 19 tackles
(nine unassisted) in Ohio State's 38-17 victory over Wisconsin.
He made a key stop on Wisconsin's fake punt attempt in the fourth
quarter and also had two tackles for loss, one quarterback sack
and a fumble recovery.
This coming Monday, Nov. 12, five finalists will be announced
for the Bronko Nagurski Trophy, which 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.
Last season, Laurinaitis won the coveted Bronko Nagurski Trophy
during the 12th season the FWAA has named a Defensive Player of
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