Football Writers Association of America Sept. 6, 2011
For Immediate Release
Contact: Steve Richardson
972-713-6198
Sophomore end helps Rams end road losing streak
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COLORADO STATE'S CAPI IS NAGURSKI
NATIONAL DEFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE WEEK

DALLAS (FWAA) Colorado State defensive end Nordly Capi has been named the FWAA/Bronko Nagurski National Defensive Player of the Week for games of the weekend of Sept. 3.

Capi

Capi, a 6-3, 249-pound sophomore from Ocoee, Fla., set an NCAA single-game record with four forced fumbles in Colorado State's 14-10 victory at New Mexico. His fourth forced fumble ensured the Rams would break an 11-game road losing streak.

With nine seconds remaining and the Lobos at the Rams' 15-yard line, Capi stripped New Mexico quarterback Tarean Austin and recovered the fumble himself. Capi also registered seven tackles (five unassisted), of those 4.5 tackles were for losses totaling 27 yards.

Capi will be added to the 2011 Bronko Nagurski Trophy Watch List. The Bronko Nagurski Trophy will be presented to the best defensive player in college football on Dec. 12 by the FWAA and the Charlotte Touchdown Club at the Westin Hotel in Charlotte, N.C. The keynote address will be given by Georgia head coach Mark Richt and Florida's Jack Youngblood from the Class of 1970 will receive this year's Bronko Nagurski Legends Award. Five finalists for the Nagurski Trophy will be announced on Nov. 17.

Each week during the 2011 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, Clemson defensive end Da'Quan Bowers won the coveted Bronko Nagurski Trophy during the 16th season the FWAA named a national defensive player of the year.

The Bronko Nagurski TrophyThe 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 (704-347-2918 or jrocco@touchdownclub.com). The official website of the Charlotte Touchdown Club is www.touchdownclub.com.

The Football Writers Association of America, a non-profit organization founded in 1941, consists of more than 1,200 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 team. For more information about the FWAA and its award programs, contact Steve Richardson at tiger@fwaa.com or 972-713-6198.

2011 Bronko Nagurski National Defensive Players of the Week
Sept. 3: Nordly Capi, Colorado State
Sept. 10: Ja'Gared Davis, SMU
Sept. 17: Javon Harris, Oklahoma
Sept. 24: Jeremiah Attaochu, Georgia Tech
Oct. 1: Brady Amack, Air Force
Oct. 8: Jamell Fleming, Oklahoma
Oct. 15: Vinny Curry, Marshall
Oct. 22: Kourtnei Brown, Clemson
Oct. 29: Jarvis Jones, Georgia
Nov. 5: Eric Reid, LSU