DALLAS (FWAA) – Louisiana Tech linebacker
Terrell Pinson has been named the
FWAA/Bronko Nagurski National Defensive Player of the Week
for games the weekend of Oct. 18.
Pinson, a 6-2, 210-pound senior from Tupelo, Miss.,
registered seven tackles (four unassisted), including one for a
two-yard loss in Louisiana Tech's 27-20 victory over UTSA. He
also intercepted two passes and returned them 34 yards, then
recovered a fumble and returned it two yards for the go-ahead
touchdown. In addition, he broke up two passes and added a
quarterback hurry. With this week's honor, Pinson will be added to the Bronko Nagurski
Trophy Watch List.
"I look at Terrell Pinson and what he went through as a young
man who committed to West Virginia, but things fell through, and
we were able to pick him up late," Louisiana Tech head coach
Skip Holtz said after the game. "We are very fortunate he went
here. ... He moved from safety to linebacker and is learning a
new position. We told him he needed to move, and he told us that
if that was what the team needed, he would move. I thought he
did an outstanding job."
Each Tuesday during the 2014 season the Football Writers Association
of America All-America Committee will select a National Defensive
Player of the Week from nominations made by the 10 Football Bowl
Subdivision conferences, major independents, and National Players
of the Week from the FCS.
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
hosted by the Charlotte Touchdown Club and sponsored by
ACN at the
Westin Hotel in Charlotte, N.C. Alabama head coach Nick Saban is
slated as the keynote speaker.
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. Jarrett will be added to the 2014 Bronko
Nagurski Watch List.
In 2007, the FWAA and the Charlotte Touchdown Cub added the Bronko
Nagurski Legends Award, which is sponsored by Florida East Coast
Railway. A top defensive player from a past FWAA All-America team
(1974) is the annual recipient of that award. Former Maryland and
Dallas Cowboys' star Randy White will accept the 2014 Legends Award.
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.
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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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