DALLAS (FWAA) – UCLA inside linebacker Eric Kendricks
has been named the FWAA/Bronko Nagurski Defensive Player
of the Week for the opening weekend games of the 2014 season.
Kendricks, a 6-0, 230-pound senior from Fresno, Calif., registered
a game-high 16 tackles in UCLA's 28-20 victory at Virginia. In the
second quarter, he intercepted a pass and returned it 37 yards for
a touchdown – one of three defensive touchdowns scored by the Bruins
– and also forced a fumble which led to a return for a touchdown.
In the second half, two of his stops came on Virginia third-down
Each Tuesday during the 2014 season the FWAA All-America Committee
will select a National Defensive Player of the Week from nominations
made by the 10 Football Bowl Subdivision conferences and major independents.
The FWAA has sponsored a National Defensive Player of the Year award
since 1993 and has named a National Defensive Player of the Week
since the 2001 season.
Five finalists for the Bronko Nagurski Trophy will be announced
by the FWAA on Nov. 20. The winner of the FWAA's National Defensive
Player of the Year award will be revealed on Dec. 8 during a banquet sposnored
by the Charlotte Touchdown Club at the Westin Hotel in Charlotte,
The Bronko Nagurski Trophy is given in memory
of the legendary All-American lineman at Minnesota (1927-29). Nagurski
dominated college football at Minnesota as a bruising fullback and
defensive tackle and could have been an All-America at any position.
He then became a star for professional football's Chicago Bears
in the 1930s.
The Bronko Nagurski Trophy is a member of the National
College Football Awards Association (NCFAA). The NCFAA
encompasses the most prestigious awards in college football. The
21 awards boast nearly 700 years of tradition-selection excellence.
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in all the areas that involve the game. The FWAA works to govern
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organization founded in 1991 with the goal of promoting high school,
collegiate, and professional football in the Charlotte, North Carolina
region. The Club's activities and services focus community attention
on the outstanding Citizenship, Scholarship, Sportsmanship, and
Leadership of area athletes and coaches.
2014 Bronko Nagurski National Defensive Players of the Week
• Aug. 30: Eric Kendricks, UCLA
• Sept. 6: Kyshoen Jarrett, Virginia Tech
• Sept. 13: Josh Keyes, Boston College
• Sept. 20: Quentin Poling, Ohio
• Sept. 27: Weston Steelhammer, Air Force
• Oct. 4: Nate Orchard, Utah
• Oct. 11: Terrance Plummer, UCF
• Oct. 18: Terrell Pinson, Louisiana Tech
• Oct. 25: Scooby Wright, Arizona
• Nov. 1: Zach Patt, Rice
• Nov. 8: Cedric Reed, Texas
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