CHARLOTTE, N.C. (FWAA) – Ohio State defensive
end Chase Young was named the recipient of the
2019 Bronko Nagurski Trophy on Monday night before
a sold-out banquet crowd of 1,200 people at the Charlotte Convention
a team captain and a 6-5, 265-pound junior from Upper Marlboro,
Md., accepted the award given to the best defensive player in college
football by the Football Writers Association of America and the
Charlotte Touchdown Club. He becomes Ohio State's
second winner, joining linebacker James Laurinaitis in 2006. Laurinaitis
was a finalist again in '07 and Ohio State linebacker Andy Katzenmoyer
was also a finalist in 1997.
The nation's sack leader (16.5, 1.5 per game) also leads in sack
yardage (117 yards) at the helm of a defense that finished the regular
season as the country's top unit, giving up just 232.2 yards per
game. The 16.5 sacks is the Ohio State record for a single season
and the most by a Big Ten player in 21 seasons.
"I think he embodies everything on and off the field what
this award embraces," Ohio State head coach Ryan Day said. "In
college football, not many people dominated play the way Chase
has played this year." Day was the keynote speaker at the
Young has produced one of the most dominant individual defensive
seasons. He is second in the nation with 21.0 tackles for loss,
and his 129 yards lost on those plays are also second. The Big Ten's
Defensive Player of the Year is tied for fourth with 1.91 TFL's
per game, having added another 1.5 to his total in Saturday's 34-21
win over Wisconsin in the Big Ten Championship Game.
His combined 246 yards lost on his sacks and TFL's are more than
any other player in the nation. He has forced six fumbles that are
second in the nation, only one off the national leader. He has made
43 total tackles, has four quarterback hurries and one blocked kick.
Young was the Bronko Nagurski Trophy's National Player of the
Week for the weekend of Oct. 26 following the best game of his season
when he tied career highs with four sacks and five tackles for loss
in Ohio State's 38-7 win over Wisconsin. He also two forced fumbles
in the game.
Young has 30.5 career sacks and needs 5.5 more to tie Tennessee
Titans head coach Mike Vrabel for the school record as the Buckeyes
head into the College Football Playoff and a Dec. 28 semifinal matchup
against Clemson in the PlayStation Fiesta Bowl. Paced by Young,
Ohio State is three sacks away from its single-season team record
of 52 set in 2000. Young and Vrabel are the only Ohio State players
in program history to have 10 or more sacks in multiple seasons.
The FWAA All-America Committee made Young the selection as this
year's Bronko Nagurski Trophy winner. Young was selected from a
list of finalists that included Auburn defensive tackle Derrick
Brown, Georgia defensive back J.R. Reed, Clemson linebacker Isaiah
Simmons and Minnesota defensive back Antoine Winfield Jr, all of
whom were in hand in Charlotte tonight.
In addition to the 2019 Bronko Nagurski Trophy winner's announcement,
the banquet, presented by LendingTree, celebrated UCLA's Jerry Robinson
as 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 joined with the CTC and 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 college football's
most prestigious awards. Founded in 1997, the NCFAA and its 25 awards
now boast over 800 recipients, dating to 1935. Visit ncfaa.org to
learn more about our story.
The Bronko Nagurski Trophy is a member of the National
College Football Awards Association (NCFAA), which encompasses
college football’s most prestigious awards. Founded in 1997, the
NCFAA and its 24 awards now boast over 800 recipients, dating to
1935. Visit ncfaa.org to learn more about our story.
The Football Writers Association of America,
founded in 1941, consists of 1,300 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 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 firstname.lastname@example.org).
The official website of the Charlotte Touchdown Club is touchdownclub.com.
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All-time Bronko Nagurski
Trophy winners and finalists