DALLAS (FWAA) – Chase Young
tied Ohio State's school record for sacks and tackles for loss in
the Buckeyes' dominating 38-7 win over Wisconsin. The linebacker
was a terror against Badgers ball carriers with two forced fumbles
and added a career-high six solo tackles as Ohio State took charge
in the Big Ten championship hunt. For his outstanding performance,
Young has earned the Bronko Nagurski National Defensive
Player of the Week honor for games of the weekend of Oct.
26, as selected by the Football Writers Association of America.
a junior from Upper Marlboro, Md., recorded four sacks and five
tackles for loss as Ohio State limited Wisconsin's offense to 191
total yards and only 83 on the ground, holding Jonathan Taylor,
one of the nation's top running backs, to 52 yards on 20 carries.
Both of Young's forced fumbles led to second-half touchdowns.
The four sacks extended the team captain's national-best total
to 13.5 sacks and increased his TFL total to 15.5 for minus-98 yards.
The TFL's, yardage lost and sack yardage (95 yards) also lead the
nation. Young is the only Ohio State player besides two-time All-American
Mike Vrabel to post at least 10 sacks in two seasons; Vrabel did
it in 1994 and '95.
This is the fifth time for an Ohio State player to earn the Nagurski
Player of the Week honor and Young is the first Buckeye since 2010
and the fourth OSU player to be honored. Ohio State linebacker James
Laurinaitis, the 2006 Bronko Nagurski Trophy winner, was a Player
of the Week honoree in both the 2006 and 2007 seasons. Bobby Carpenter
(2005) and Chimdi Chekwa (2010) were other weekly winners from Ohio
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 2019 Bronko Nagurski Trophy on Wed., Nov. 20. The winner
will be chosen from those five finalists who are part of the 2019
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 will be held on Mon.,
Dec. 9 in Charlotte. In addition to the 2019 Bronko Nagurski Trophy
winner's announcement, the banquet will also celebrate the recipient
of the Bronko Nagurski Legends Award.
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.
Founded in 1941, the Football Writers Association of America 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
About the Charlotte Touchdown Club
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 million to
benefit area high school and collegiate athletics. For more information,
contact John Rocco (704-347-2918 or email@example.com). The
official website of the Charlotte Touchdown Club is touchdownclub.com.
2019 Bronko Nagurski National Defensive Players of the Week
• Weekend of Aug. 31: Alijah Halliburton, Wyoming
• Weekend of Sept. 7: Evan Weaver, Cal
• Weekend of Sept. 14: David Reese II, Florida
• Weekend of Sept. 21: Demetrius Taylor, Appalachian State
• Weekend of Sept. 28: Benny Walls, Temple
• Weekend of Oct. 5: Jordyn Brooks, Texas Tech
• Weekend of Oct. 12: Israel Mukuamu, South Carolina
• Weekend of Oct. 19: Amik Robertson, Louisiana Tech
• Weekend of Oct. 26: Chase Young, Ohio State
• Weekend of Nov. 2: Dele Harding, Illinois
• Weekend of Nov. 9: Terrel Bernard, Baylor
• Bronko Nagurski Trophy (All-Time Winners, Finalists and Players of the Week)