DALLAS (FWAA) – Arkansas State linebacker Ben Owens
has been named the FWAA/Bronko Nagurski National Defensive Player
of the Week for games of the weekend of Aug. 30.
a 6-2, 230-pound senior from Bearden, Ark., registered seven
tackles, one tackle for loss, one sack, an interception and a fumble
recovery. He helped the Arkansas State defense pitch a second-half
shutout in an 18-14 upset of Texas A&M in College Station.
Owens was responsible for stopping the Aggies' last two drives
of the game after the Red Wolves went ahead, 15-14. He recovered
a fumble on the Texas A&M 39-yard line, setting up a field goal
that gave Arkansas State a four-point lead with 1:12 left to play.
His interception ended Texas A&M's final drive with 10 seconds remaining.
Owens will be added to the 2008 Bronko Nagurski Trophy Watch
List. The Bronko Nagurski Trophy will be presented to the best defensive
player in college football on Dec. 7 by the FWAA and the Charlotte
Touchdown Club at the Westin Hotel in Charlotte, N.C. Five finalists
for the Nagurski Trophy will be announced on Nov. 17.
Each week during the 2008 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, LSU tackle Glenn Dorsey won the coveted Bronko Nagurski
Trophy during the 13th season the FWAA has named a national 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 firstname.lastname@example.org).
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
2008 Bronko Nagurski National Defensive Players of the Week
• Aug. 30: Ben Owens, Arkansas State
• Sept. 6: Patrick Benoist, Vanderbilt
• Sept. 13: DeAndre Levy, Wisconsin
• Sept. 20: Ryan Hamilton, Vanderbilt
• Sept. 27: Trimane Goddard, North Carolina
• Oct. 4: Scott McKillop, Pittsburgh
• Oct. 11: Tyrrell Herbert, Toledo
• Oct. 18: Jerry Hughes, TCU
• Oct. 25: Darryl Gamble, Georgia
• Nov. 1: Daniel Charbonnet, Texas Tech
• Nov. 8: Rashad Johnson, Alabama