DALLAS (FWAA) – Alabama free safety Robert Lester
has been named the FWAA/Bronko Nagurski National Defensive Player
of the Week for games of the weekend of Sept. 25.
Lester, a 6-2, 206-pound sophomore from Foley, Ala., recorded
seven tackles (five unassisted), but his two interceptions were
the major story in top-ranked Alabama's 24-20
come-from-behind victory at No. 10 Arkansas.
Lester's second interception of the game set up the Crimson Tide's
winning touchdown when he returned a Ryan Mallett pass 33 yards
to the Arkansas 12-yard line. His other interception was a second-quarter
grab in the end zone to stop an Arkansas drive.
Lester 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
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