DALLAS (FWAA) – Texas A&M linebacker Michael Hodges
has been named the FWAA/Bronko Nagurski National Defensive Player
of the Week for games of the weekend of Nov. 6.
Hodges, a 6-0, 226-pound senior from Helotes, Texas, made a career-high
19 tackles (eight unassisted) in Texas A&M's 33-19 victory over
Oklahoma. Hodges had two sacks for 16 yards in losses. The 19 tackles
were the most by an Aggie since current Texas A&M linebacker coach
Dat Nguyen made 20 against UCLA in the 1998 Cotton Bowl.
In the first quarter, Texas A&M came up with a goal-line stand
when Hodges and Von Miller stopped Oklahoma running back DeMarco
Murray on fourth down from the one-yard line. In the fourth quarter,
the Aggies registered two more stops in the red zone with Hodges
being a central contributor in those efforts.
Hodges 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. 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
professional football in the Charlotte, N.C., region. The club's
activities and services focus community attention on the outstanding
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as well as key executives in all the areas that involve the game. The FWAA works
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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