DALLAS (FWAA) – Five finalists for the 2014 Bronko
Nagurski Trophy were announced on Thursday by the
Football Writers Association of America and the
Charlotte Touchdown Club.
for the honor of National Defensive Player of the Year are, in alphabetical
order: Texas tackle Malcom Brown, Alabama safety
Landon Collins, Ole Miss cornerback Senquez
Golson, Louisville safety Gerod Holliman
and Arizona linebacker Scooby Wright.
The winner will be announced on Dec. 8 and presented the Bronko
Nagurski Trophy at a gala banquet sponsored by ACN at the Westin
Hotel in Charlotte, North Carolina. Alabama coach Nick Saban will
give the keynote address. This year's banquet marks the 20th anniversary
of the event being held in Charlotte.
In addition, the FWAA and Charlotte Touchdown Club will hand
out the Bronko Nagurski Legends Award presented
by Florida East Coast Railway. This year's winner is Maryland's
College Football Hall of Famer Randy White, a member of the FWAA's
1974 FWAA All-America team and later an All-Pro for the Dallas Cowboys.
"We have an outstanding group of finalists for the 2014
Bronko Nagurski Trophy and selecting a winner is a very difficult
process given the impressive defensive performances of this group,"
said Kirk Bohls, 2014 FWAA President from the Austin American-Statesman. "I
look forward to being in Charlotte on the evening of Dec. 8 to reveal
the winner of the Bronko Nagurski Trophy to a truly deserving individual
during this, the 20th anniversary of the banquet."
The award is named after the legendary Bronko Nagurski, who dominated
college football at Minnesota as a bruising fullback and defensive
tackle from 1927 through 1929. He could have been an All-American
at any position and was the best player wherever the coaches put
Nagurski led Minnesota to the Big Ten title in 1927 and a three-year
record of 18-4-2. He went on to lead the fabled Chicago Bears to
three NFL titles. During one game at Wrigley Field, he once broke
a defensive player's shoulder, knocked another out and ran into
a brick wall and actually cracked it during a game-winning touchdown
The FWAA has named a National Defensive Player of the Year since
the 1993 season. Texas has had two previous winners of the Bronko
Nagurski Trophy: Derrick Johnson in 2004 and Brian Orakpo in 2008.
Arizona's Rob Waldrop won the inaugural FWAA Defensive Player of
the Year Award in 1993 before the announcement was moved to Charlotte.
Louisville's previous winner was Elvis Dumervil in 2005. Alabama
and Ole Miss have never had a winner.
A look at the five 2014 Bronko Nagurski Trophy finalists, as
selected by the FWAA All-America Committee:
Malcom Brown, DT, Texas (6-2, 320, Jr., Brenham,
Texas): Brown leads the Longhorns with 6.5 sacks, a
feat that hasn't been accomplished by a tackle in a dozen years
in Austin. Brown paces the squad in 14 tackles for loss and
six quarterback pressures. He also has forced two fumbles and
recovered one. He had two sacks and forced a fumble in Texas'
28-7 victory at Oklahoma State that made the Longhorns (6-5)
bowl eligible last Saturday. Texas is one of only five teams
nationally that has held at least three FBS teams to seven points
or less in a game this season. Texas has allowed just five offensive
touchdowns in the first half this season.
Landon Collins, S, Alabama (6-0, 222, Jr., Geismar,
La.): Collins is part of a unit that ranks second nationally
in scoring defense (14.5 points a game) and sixth in total defense
(290.5 yards a game). He leads the Crimson Tide with three interceptions
and has added five pass breakups. Collins is also second on
the team in tackles with 68, including 35 unassisted, two tackles
for loss and two quarterback hurries. Alabama has posted two
shutouts (59-0 vs. Texas A&M and 41-0 vs. Florida Atlantic.
No team had scored more than 23 points on the Crimson Tide through
the first 10 games of the season.
Senquez Golson, CB, Ole Miss (5-9, 176, Sr., Pascagoula,
Miss.): Golson leads the SEC and ranks second nationally
with nine interceptions, which are the second most in a season
at Ole Miss. He has had at least one interception in each of
Ole Miss' last five SEC games. Golson's signature moment came
against then-No. 1 Alabama, when he sealed the Rebels' 23-17
victory over the Crimson Tide with an interception in the end
zone. He has 126 yards in interception return yardage (one touchdown),
29 tackles (23 unassisted), seven pass breakups and two quarterback
Gerod Holliman, S, Louisville, (6-0, 206, Jr., Miami,
Fla.): Holliman picked off three passes – the second-most
in school history for a single game – in the Cardinals' 38-19
victory at Boston College. The three interceptions gave him
a school record of 13 for the season and tied the ACC record
set by North Carolina State's David Amerson in 2011. Holliman
leads the nation in interceptions this season, one away from
tying the NCAA single-season record. Holliman has one touchdown
and 180 yards in interception return yardage. He has 31 tackles
(25 unassisted), two tackles for minus-10 yards, three pass
breakups and one forced fumble.
Scooby Wright, LB, Arizona (6-1, 246, So., Windsor,
Calif.): Wright has 117 tackles, 21.0 tackles for 78
yards in losses, 12.0 sacks for 61 yards in losses, five forced
fumbles and one fumble recovery. He has a tackle for loss in
all 10 games. Among FBS players, he ranks No. 4 in total tackles,
No. 1 in tackles for loss per game, No. 3 in sacks and No. 1
in forced fumbles. With a 27-26 win over Washington last Saturday,
Arizona captured its first eight-victory regular season since
finishing 11-1 in 1998. Wright made 11 tackles and 1.5 tackles
for a loss of five yards against the Huskies.
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