DALLAS (FWAA) – Five finalists for the 2007 Bronko
Nagurski Trophy, including last season's winner James Laurinaitis
of Ohio State, were announced on Thursday by the Football Writers
Association of America and the Charlotte Touchdown Club.
for the honor of the best defensive football player in college football
are Laurinaitis, LSU tackle Glenn Dorsey, Virginia end
Chris Long, South Florida end George Selvie and Kansas
cornerback Aqib Talib.
The winner will be announced on Dec. 3 and presented the Bronko
Nagurski Trophy at a gala banquet at the Westin Hotel in Charlotte,
N.C., where Virginia Tech coach Frank Beamer will give the keynote
In addition, the FWAA and Charlotte Touchdown Club will present
the first Bronko Nagurski Legends Award presented by CSX
Intermodal to members of the Michigan State and Notre Dame football
teams who played to the historic 10-10 tie in 1966.
The FWAA award is named after Nagurski, who dominated college
football at Minnesota as a bruising fullback and tackle from 1927-29.
He could have been an All-America at any position, playing 60 minutes
and was the best player wherever he lined up.
Laurinaitis, a 6-3, 240-pound junior linebacker from Hamel, Minn.,
will spearhead the Buckeyes' defense in their showdown with Michigan
He was named Bronko Nagurski National Defensive Player of the
Week this season for his inspiring career-high, 19-tackle performance
in the Buckeyes' 38-17 victory over Wisconsin. This season, Laurinatis
has eight tackles for 32 yards in losses and 97 total tackles for
the once-beaten Buckeyes. He will seek to join Northwestern's Pat
Fitzgerald (1995-96) as the second player to win back-to-back Nagurski
Dorsey, a 6-2, 303-pound senior from Gonzales, La., has been
a stalwart on top-ranked LSU's line the entire season. He has 53
total tackles (33 unassisted) and 11.5 tackles for 62 yards in losses.
He has three pass break-ups and four quarterback hurries.
Long, a 6-4, 284-pound senior from Ivy, Va., and son of former
NFL great Howie Long, has been instrumental in three Virginia road
victories this season. He scored a safety in Virginia's 18-17 victory
over Maryland; his 25-yard interception return set up the Cavaliers'
winning field goal in a 22-20 victory over North Carolina; and his
blocked field goal preserved Virginia's 23-21 victory over Middle
Tennessee. On the season, Long has 69 total tackles (30 unassisted),
17 tackles for 114 yards in losses and seven pass break-ups for
Selvie, a 6-4, 242-pound sophomore from Pensacola, Fla., with
53 total tackles (41 unassisted), leads the country in tackles for
loss (30.5) for 138 yards. He is two shy of breaking the NCAA record.
Of those tackles for loss, 14.5 are sacks. He has 10 quarterback
hurries, three forced fumbles and one blocked kick for the Bulls,
7-3, who still have two regular-season games remaining.
Talib, a 6-2, 205-pound junior from Richardson, Texas, leads
the Big 12 Conference in passes defended. He has 48 tackles (31
unassisted), 3.5 tackles for eight yards in losses, four interceptions
(135 return yards) and 11 pass break-ups for the unbeaten Jayhawks.
He returned an interception 100 yards for a touchdown against Florida
International. He also is known as a hard-hitter, knocking Oklahoma
State receiver Adarius Bowman out of the Jayhawks' most recent victory.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org).
The official website of the Charlotte Touchdown Club is
The Football Writers Association of America, a non-profit
organization founded in 1941, consists of nearly 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 gameday operations, major
awards, a national poll and its annual All-America team.
For more information on the Bronko Nagurski Trophy and the FWAA,
contact FWAA executive director Steve Richardson (972-713-6198