DALLAS (FWAA) – Posting a team-high 11 tackles
on a defense that held LSU to only 49 rushing yards and coming up
with a decisive pass break-up on what could be a season-changing goal-line
stand, Missouri linebacker Nick Bolton has earned
the Bronko Nagurski National Defensive Player of the Week
honor for games in the weekend of Oct. 10, as selected by the
Football Writers Association of America.
Bolton, a 6-0, 232-pound junior from Frisco, Texas, is the first
Missouri player since 2007 to earn the Bronko Naguarski National
Defensive Player of the Week Award and only the third Tigers player
to be so recognized.
The decisive series in Missouri's 45-41 home win saw it stand
firm in the final minute from its one-yard line for four consecutive
plays. Following two run-stops at the line, Bolton broke up a third-down
pass to set up a climactic fourth down pass, which was also knocked
away, this time by safety Joshuah Bledsoe. Four of Bolton's 11 tackles
came in the fourth quarter and he had three pass breakups in the
The team captain is now tied for second in the nation in tackles
per game (12.0) but ties for the national lead among players with
three or more games. His 36 total tackles tie him for seventh overall
nationally. Bolton entered last Saturday's game coming off a career-high
17-tackle performance Oct. 3 against Tennessee that was Mizzou's
second-highest tackle count since 2000.
Bolton is a member of the Bronko Nagurski Trophy Watch List.
Missouri has had two finalists for the Bronko Nagurski Trophy in
its past, defensive end Michael Sam in 2013 and defensive end Justin
Smith in 2000.
Missouri has postponed its game hosting Vanderbilt this Saturday.
The Tigers are next scheduled to play at Florida on Oct. 24.
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 three finalists
for the 2020 Bronko Nagurski Trophy later this season. The national
defensive player of the year will be chosen from those finalists
who are part of the 2020 FWAA All-America Team.
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 1990 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 1990, 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
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2020 Bronko Nagurski National Defensive Players of the Week
Weekend of Sept. 5: Isaiah Kaufusi, LB, BYU
Weekend of Sept. 12: Curtis Ryans, DE, Georgia Tech
Weekend of Sept. 19: Tavante Beckett, LB, Marshall
Weekend of Sept. 26: Jahron McPherson, S, Kansas State
Weekend of Oct. 3: Bumper Pool, LB, Arkansas
Weekend of Oct. 10: Nick Bolton, LB, Missouri
Weekend of Oct. 17: Grant Morgan, LB, Arkansas
Weekend of Oct. 24: Nick Andersen, S, Wake Forest
Weekend of Oct. 31: Joseph Ossai, DE/LB, Texas
Weekend of Nov. 7: Jeremiah Owusu-Koramoah, LB, Notre Dame
Weekend of Nov. 14: Zaven Collins, LB, Tulsa
Weekend of Nov. 21: Blake Gallagher, LB, Northwestern
Weekend of Nov. 28: Nate Landman, LB, Colorado
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