DALLAS (FWAA) – Clemson defensive end Kourtnei
Brown has been named the FWAA/Bronko Nagurski National Defensive
Player of the Week for games of the weekend of Oct. 22.
Brown, a 6-6, 255-pound senior from Charlotte, N.C., scored two
touchdowns – one by interception return and one by fumble return
– in Clemson's 59-38 victory over North Carolina. In the second
quarter, Brown made a leaping interception and returned it 20 yards
for a touchdown to give Clemson a 24-10 lead and picked up a fumble
and ran 26 yards for a score late in the third quarter.
Brown's feats made him the first Clemson defensive player since
1954 to score two touchdowns in the same game. He is also only the
third FBS player to score touchdowns by interception return and
fumble return in the same game in the last 12 years. He also recorded
two tackles and a pass break-up on the day.
Brown 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.
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
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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
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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