DALLAS (FWAA) – Oregon safety Verone
McKinley III posted six tackles and helped seal a 35-28
win at No. 3 Ohio State with a late interception that gave the Ducks
one of the young season's highlight wins. For snagging the game's
only turnover and being a key to Oregon's first win over a top-five
team in 10 years, McKinley earned the Bronko Nagurski National
Defensive Player of the Week honor for games in the weekend
of Sept. 11, as selected by the Football Writers Association
|Oregon's Verone McKinley
III (Oregon Athletics)
This is the first time for an Oregon player to earn this weekly
honor since it began in 2001. Oregon had a Bronko Nagurski Trophy
finalist, Haloti Ngata, in 2005. McKinley has been added to this
season's Bronko Nagurski Trophy watch list.
McKinley, a 5-11, 194-pound sophomore from Carrollton, Texas,
also forced a fumble and had two of Oregon's five pass breakups
as he turned into a field general for a defense that was missing
standout starters Kayvon Thibodeaux, an All-America lineman, and
linebacker Justin Flowe. McKinley keyed in on run-stops as well
with the six tackles that helped contain an Ohio State offense that
gained 612 total yards but never led in the game. The Ducks had
three fourth-down stops and held OSU to 6-of-15 third-down conversions.
The Buckeyes had just crossed midfield with four minutes remaining
on what was a potential game-tying drive before one of Oregon's
two sacks pushed them back. Facing third-and-18 at the Ohio State
45, McKinley got under a poorly-thrown ball in coverage to make
his sixth career interception. He is just the second Oregon player
since 2000 and the first since 2007 to finish with an interception,
a forced fumble and multiple pass breakups in a single game.
McKinley showed his nose for the ball last year in six starts
among the Ducks' seven games, finishing with 21 solo stops among
his 41 total tackles that was third on the team. He snagged four
interceptions as a redshirt freshman in 2019.
The win is Oregon's first over a top-five team since beating
Stanford in 2011 and snapped Ohio State's 23-game home win streak.
The Ducks host Stony Brook at 4:30 p.m. PT Saturday in a Pac-12
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 2021 Bronko Nagurski Trophy on Nov. 17. The national defensive
player of the year will be chosen from those finalists who are part
of the 2021 FWAA All-America Team and presented with the trophy
at the Bronko Nagurski Awards Banquet presented by LendingTree
on Dec. 6 at the Charlotte Convention Center
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 journalists, broadcasters, publicists, photographers
and key executives in all areas of college football. The FWAA works
to govern media access and gameday operations while presenting awards
and honors, including an annual All-America team. For more information
about the FWAA and its programs and initiatives, contact Executive
Director Steve Richardson at 214-870-6516 or
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 and donated nearly $3 million
to benefit area high school and collegiate athletics. For more information,
contact John Rocco (704-347-2918 or
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2021 Bronko Nagurski National Defensive Players of the Week
Weekend of Sept. 4: Jordan Davis, DE, Georgia
Weekend of Sept. 11: Verone McKinley III, S, Oregon
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