DALLAS (FWAA) – Wisconsin end J.J. Watt has been
named the FWAA/Bronko Nagurski National Defensive Player of the
Week for games of the weekend of Oct. 23.
Watt, a 6-6, 292-pound junior from Pewaukee, Wis., registered
five tackles (two for loss) last Saturday, including a sack on Iowa's
final drive. He also blocked an extra point in the Badgers' 31-30
triumph in Iowa City.
Following Iowa's first touchdown, Watt broke through to thwart
the extra point. With 26 seconds remaining in the game, he recorded
an 11-yard sack that pushed the Hawkeyes back to their own 38-yard
line. Before Iowa could move into field goal position, time expired.
Watt is on 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. The keynote address
will be given by Clemson head coach Dabo Swinney and Notre Dame's
Mike McCoy from the Class of 1969 will receive this year's Bronko
Nagurski Legends Award. 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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in 1990 for the purpose of promoting high school, collegiate, and
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activities and services focus community attention on the outstanding
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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