Football Writers Association of America Sept. 18, 2018
For Immediate Release
Contact: Steve Richardson
214-870-6516
Junior free safety leads landmark win for Zips
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AKRON'S DAVIS IS BRONKO NAGURSKI
NATIONAL DEFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE WEEK

DALLAS (FWAA) Free safety Alvin Davis Jr. punctuated Akron's comeback win Saturday with two interception returns for touchdowns both in the second half as the Zips scored their first win over a Big Ten program in more than a century, toppling Northwestern on the road, 39-34. Davis' highlight returns of 97 and 50 yards earned him the Bronko Nagurski National Defensive Player of the Week honor for games of the weekend of Sept. 15, as selected by the Football Writers Association of America.

The 5-9, 175-pound junior from Fort Lauderdale, Fla., turned his first interception into a 97-yard scoring return the second-longest in program history that brought Akron to within 21-19 late in the third quarter. The second pick and 50-yard scoring return pushed the Zips' lead to 39-28 with 7:24 left, one of three defensive touchdowns in the second half for Akron, which is 2-0 for the first time since 1993 (25 seasons). Davis also had 10 tackles.

It was the first multi-interception game for Davis, who has started 21 of 28 career games at Akron. He is listed as a cornerback but has started both games at free safety and has come up with an interception in each. Davis is tied for third on the team with 13 tackles, his three interceptions lead the Zips, he has a forced fumble and a pass break-up, and he is now tied for second on the team in scoring with 12 points.

The dramatic scoring plays sparked Akron's first win over a Big Ten team since 1894 (12-6 over Ohio State). Akron travels to Iowa State (0-2) on Saturday.

Davis will be added to this season's Bronko Nagurski Trophy Watch List. Each Tuesday during the regular season, the FWAA has selected a Bronko Nagurski National Defensive Player of the Week since 2001. The FWAA and the Charlotte Touchdown Club will announce five finalists for the 2018 Bronko Nagurski Trophy on Wed., Nov. 14. The winner will be chosen from those five finalists who are part of the 2018 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. 3 at the Charlotte Convention Center. In addition to the 2018 Bronko Nagurski Trophy winner's announcement, the banquet will also celebrate the recipient of the Bronko Nagurski Legends Award, sponsored by the Rolle Oral & Facial Surgery.

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 Football Awards Association (NCFAA) which encompasses the most prestigious awards in college football. Visit ncfaa.org to learn more about our story.

About the Football Writers Association of America:
Founded in 1941, the FWAA 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 at tiger@fwaa.com.

ABOUT THE CHARLOTTE TOUCHDOWN CLUB AND ITS SPONSORS
The Charlotte Touchdown Club is a non-profit organization founded in 1991 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 athletes and coaches. Since 1991, the club has raised more than $2,000,000 to benefit area high school and collegiate athletics. For more information, contact John Rocco (704-347-2918 or jrocco@touchdownclub.com). The official website of the Charlotte Touchdown Club is touchdownclub.com.

ACN, Inc.
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About Rolle Oral & Facial Surgery
Dr. Richard R. Rolle Jr. is a leading oral & maxillofacial surgeon, with strong ties to athletics and delivering excellence www.rolleoralfacialsurgery.com. Rolle Oral & Facial Surgery offers expertise in: dental implants, wisdom tooth extraction, youth-capturing, cosmetic injectables, oral surgery and cleft lip reconstruction in his Lake Norman, North Carolina practice. Dr. Rolle holds a B.A. from the University of Notre Dame where he played varsity football under legendary Coach Lou Holtz. He completed his oral surgery internship at Harvard's Massachusetts General Hospital and holds a Doctor of Dental Surgery from Meharry Medical College. Rolle Oral & Facial Surgery is the official surgeon for the Charlotte Hornets, Charlotte Checkers and Charlotte 49ers.

2018 Bronko Nagurski National Defensive Players of the Week
Weekend of Sept. 1: Tyler Horton, Boise State
Weekend of Sept. 8: Nate Landman, Colorado
Weekend of Sept. 15: Alvin Davis Jr., Akron
Weekend of Sept. 22: Ben Burr-Kirven, Washington
Weekend of Sept. 29: Jerry Tillery, Notre Dame
Weekend of Oct. 6: Montez Sweat, Mississippi State

Related link:
Bronko Nagurski Trophy (All-Time Winners, Finalists and Players of the Week)