DALLAS (FWAA) – Ohio State cornerback Chimdi Chekwa has
been named the FWAA/Bronko Nagurski National Defensive Player
of the Week for games of the weekend of Sept. 11.
Chekwa, a 6-0, 190-pound senior from Clermont, Fla.,
intercepted two passes, broke up two passes and made six tackles
(one for a loss) in Ohio State's 36-24 victory over Miami (Fla.)
One of his pass break-ups was in the end zone and forced a
Hurricanes' field goal in the first quarter. His two
interceptions during the final seven minutes of the first half
helped the Buckeyes stymie Miami's offense and fashion a 26-17
lead at halftime.
Chekwa will be added to the 2010 Bronko Nagurski Trophy Watch
List. The Bronko Nagurski Trophy will be presented to the best defensive
player in college football on Dec. 6 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. 18.
Each week during the 2010 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.
Last season, Nebraska tackle Ndamukong Suh won the coveted Bronko Nagurski
Trophy during the 15th season the FWAA named a national defensive
player of the year.
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2010 Bronko Nagurski National Defensive Players of the Week
• Sept. 4: Kenny Tate, Maryland
• Sept. 11: Chimdi Chekwa, Ohio State
• Sept. 18: Patrick Larimore, UCLA
• Sept. 25: Robert Lester, Alabama
• Oct. 2: Jayron Hosley, Virginia Tech
• Oct. 9: Tramain Thomas, Arkansas
• Oct. 16: Chris White, Mississippi State
• Oct. 23: J.J. Watt, Wisconsin
• Oct. 30: Sio Moore, Connecticut
• Nov. 6: Michael Hodges, Texas A&M