DALLAS (FWAA) – Memphis cornerback
TJ Carter forced turnovers on Houston's last two drives –
including an interception in Tigers' territory to kill a
last-minute rally – in a come-from-behind 42-38 win that put
Memphis in the lead in the American Athletic Conference West
Division. For his performance – which included a career-high 14
tackles – Carter has been named the FWAA/Bronko Nagurski
National Defensive Player of the Week for the week of
The takeaways by Carter, a 5-11, 180-pound freshman from
Nashville, Tenn., were the final pieces of a dramatic win. The
Tigers had already come back from deficits of 17-0 at halftime
and 31-14 in the third quarter to lead for the first time at
42-38 with just under two minutes left. Carter then forced a
fumble that gave Memphis the ball at midfield with 59 seconds
left. His game-clinching play at the Memphis 39-yard line was
his fourth interception of the season.
Of Carter's 14 tackles, 11 of them were solo and one was for
a loss. For the season, Carter now leads Memphis with four
interceptions and is fourth on the team with 44 tackles. His two
fumble recoveries also lead the Tigers.
Last week, Memphis linebacker Austin Hall was the Bronko
Nagurski National Defensive Player of the Week, so this marks
the first time teammates have been named back-to-back recipients
in the history of the award, dating to the 2001 season.
Each Tuesday during the regular season, the FWAA has selected
a Bronko Nagurski National Defensive Player of the Week since 2001.
Carter will be added to the Bronko Nagurski Trophy Watch List. The
FWAA and the Charlotte Touchdown Club will announce five finalists
for the 2017 Bronko Nagurski Trophy on Wed., Nov. 15. The winner
will be chosen from those five finalists who are part of the 2017
FWAA All-America Team.
The FWAA All-America Committee, after voting input from the association's
entire membership, selects a 26-man All-America Team and eventually
the Bronko Nagurski Trophy finalists. The committee members then
select the winner as the best defensive player in college football.
The annual Bronko Nagurski Trophy Banquet, presented by ACN,
will be held on Mon., Dec. 4 at the Charlotte Convention Center.
In addition to the 2017 Bronko Nagurski Trophy winner's announcement,
the banquet will also celebrate the recipient of the Bronko Nagurski
Legends Award, sponsored by the CTC and Florida East Coast Railway.
The FWAA has chosen a National Defensive Player of the Year since
1993. In 1995, the FWAA named the award in honor of the legendary
two-way player from the University of Minnesota. Nagurski dominated
college football then became a star for professional football's
Chicago Bears in the 1930s. Bronislaw "Bronko" Nagurski
is a charter member of both the College Football and Pro Football
Halls of Fame.
The Bronko Nagurski Trophy is a member of the National College
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awards in college football. Visit ncfaa.org to learn more about
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founded in 1941, consists of 1,400 men and women who cover college
football. 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 game-day operations,
major awards and its annual All-America team. For more information
about the FWAA and its award programs, contact Steve Richardson
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2017 Bronko Nagurski National Defensive Players of the Week
• Weekend of Sept. 2: Jordan Wyatt, SMU
• Weekend of Sept. 9: Austin Bryant, Clemson
• Weekend of Sept. 16: Kameron Kelly, San Diego State
• Weekend of Sept. 23: Josey Jewell, Iowa
• Weekend of Sept. 30: Dorian O'Daniel, Clemson
• Weekend of Oct. 7: Minkah Fitzpatrick, Alabama
• Weekend of Oct. 14: Austin Hall, Memphis
• Weekend of Oct. 21: TJ Carter, Memphis
• Weekend of Oct. 28: Paddy Fisher, Northwestern
• Weekend of Nov. 4: Khaleke Hudson, Michigan
• Bronko Nagurski Trophy (All-Time Winners, Finalists and Players of the Week)