Football Writers Association of America Nov. 10, 2009
For Immediate Release
Contact: Steve Richardson
Senior safety is third Husker to claim award this season Bookmark and Share

DALLAS (FWAA) – Nebraska safety Matt O'Hanlon has been named the FWAA/Bronko Nagurski National Defensive Player of the Week for games of the weekend of Nov. 7. This marks the third time this season and the second straight week a player from Nebraska's stellar defense has earned this honor.


O'Hanlon, a 5-11, 200-pound senior from Bellevue, Neb., tied the school record with three interceptions. He also collected a career-high 12 tackles (nine unassisted) and broke up a pass in Nebraska's 10-3 victory over Oklahoma. All of O'Hanlon’s interceptions were in the second half. His first interception set up a Nebraska field goal, and his final one sealed the victory.

Nebraska tackle Jared Crick was named the FWAA National Defensive Player of the Week last week after fellow Cornhusker tackle Ndamukong Suh earned the honor the week of Oct. 10.

O'Hanlon will be added to the 2009 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. 19.

Each week during the 2009 season the FWAA All-America Committee has selected a national defensive player of the week from nominations made by the 11 Division I Bowl Subdivision Conferences and major independents. This is the final week a player of the week has been chosen.

Last season, Texas end Brian Orakpo won the coveted Bronko Nagurski Trophy during the 14th season the FWAA named a national defensive player of the year.

The Bronko Nagurski TrophyThe 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 The official website of the Charlotte Touchdown Club is

The Football Writers Association of America, a non-profit organization founded in 1941, consists of more than 1,100 men and women 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 and its annual All-America team. For more information about the FWAA and its award programs, contact Steve Richardson at or 972-713-6198.

2009 Bronko Nagurski National Defensive Players of the Week
• Sept. 5: B.W. Webb, William & Mary
• Sept. 12: Nate Triplett, Minnesota
• Sept. 19: Donald Butler, Washington
• Sept. 26: Pat Angerer, Iowa
• Oct. 3: Rolando McClain, Alabama
• Oct. 10: Ndamukong Suh, Nebraska
• Oct. 17: Ryan Kerrigan, Purdue
• Oct. 24: DeAndre McDaniel, Clemson
• Oct. 31: Jared Crick, Nebraska
• Nov. 7: Matt O'Hanlon, Nebraska