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'Hanlons 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
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.
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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