DALLAS (FWAA) – SMU linebacker Ja'Gared Davis has
been named the FWAA/Bronko Nagurski National Defensive Player
of the Week for games of the weekend of Sept. 10.
In the Mustangs' 28-17 victory over UTEP, Davis, a 6-1, 225-pound
junior from Crockett, Texas, recorded eight tackles, 2.5 tackles
for losses (1.5 sacks), an interception, three pass breakups and
a forced fumble and recovery for a touchdown.
With SMU clinging to a 21-17 lead in the final three minutes,
Davis knocked the ball loose from UTEP quarterback Jay Hill in the
end zone and pounced on it for the touchdown that sealed the win.
Earlier in the fourth quarter, his interception ended a UTEP threat
at the SMU 23.
Davis 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
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.
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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