DALLAS (FWAA) – Five finalists for the 2009 Bronko
Nagurski Trophy were announced on Thursday by the Football
Writers Association of America and the Charlotte Touchdown
linebacker Pat Angerer, Tennessee strong safety Eric Berry,
Alabama defensive tackle Terrence Cody, TCU defensive end
Jerry Hughes and Nebraska defensive tackle Ndamukong Suh
are vying for one of the FWAA's highest honors, its National Defensive
Player of the Year award.
The winner will be announced on Dec. 7 and presented the Bronko
Nagurski Trophy at a gala banquet at the Westin Hotel in Charlotte,
N.C., where North Carolina State coach Tom O'Brien will be the keynote
In addition, the FWAA and Charlotte Touchdown Club will present
the third Bronko Nagurski Legends Award, presented by CSX Intermodal,
to Roger Wehrli, a standout defensive back at the University of
Missouri. Wehrli was a member of the 1968 FWAA All-America team.
The FWAA's National Defensive Player of the Year Award is named
after Bronko Nagurski, who dominated college football at Minnesota
as a bruising fullback and defensive tackle from 1927-29. He could
have been an All-American at any position playing 60 minutes and
was the best player wherever he lined up.
A look at the five 2009 Bronko Nagurski Trophy finalists, as
selected by the FWAA All-America Committee:
Pat Angerer, Linebacker, Iowa, 6-1, 235, Sr. (Bettendorf,
Iowa): The top tackler for a 9-2 Iowa team, which won its first
nine games of the season. He leads the Hawkeyes with 119 total tackles
(79 assisted and 40 unassisted), two tackles for loss (one sack),
five passes defended and two forced fumbles. Iowa is 17th in the
country in scoring defense.
Eric Berry, Safety, Tennessee, 5-11, 203, Jr. (Fairburn, Ga.):
An FWAA All-American in 2008 as a sophomore, he has 70 tackles this
season, 44 unassisted, 26 assisted. He has five tackles for loss,
two interceptions and six passes broken up for the Volunteers under
first-year coach Lane Kiffin. He also has recovered three fumbles
and has three quarterback hurries.
Terrence Cody, Tackle, Alabama, 6-5, 365, Sr. (Fort Myers,
Fla.): A member of the FWAA All-America team last season, he
holds down the Alabama rush defense, which is second in the country.
Alabama is second in the country in total defense as well. Cody
blocked two field goals in victory over Tennessee, including the
potential game-winner as time expired. He has 20 tackles, five for
10 yards in losses, one pass break-up and two quarterback hurries
for the unbeaten Crimson Tide.
Jerry Hughes, End, TCU, 6-3, 257, Sr. (Sugar Land, Texas):
A Nagurski Trophy finalist for the second straight season, he is
the mainstay of a TCU defense, which has led the Horned Frogs to
an unbeaten season. TCU is fourth in the country in total defense
and sixth in the country in rush and pass defense. Hughes has 49
tackles, 13 tackles for 73 yards in losses (10.5 sacks), one pass
broken up, six quarterback hurries and one forced fumble.
Ndamukong Suh, Tackle, Nebraska, 6-4, 300, Sr. (Portland,
Ore.): Leads Nebraska in tackles with 31 unassisted and 25 assisted.
He has 13 tackles for 47 yards in losses (five sacks), eight pass
breakups, 19 hurries, one forced fumble and three blocked kicks.
Nebraska ranks 10th in the country in total defense and 11th in
country in rush defense.
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
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The official website of the Charlotte Touchdown Club is
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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
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