DALLAS (FWAA) A career-high of 11 tackles, a forced fumble that led to a touchdown and a game-clinching interception by Kansas State safety Jahron McPherson each played a major role in the Wildcats' 38-35 win at No. 3 Oklahoma. His record day within Kansas State·s record day · beating a top-five opponent on the road for the first time · earned McPherson the Bronko Nagurski National Defensive Player of the Week honor for games in the weekend of Sept. 26, as selected by the Football Writers Association of America.
McPherson, a 6-1, 200-pound senior from Basehor, Kan., is the first Kansas State player since 2012 (cornerback Allen Chapman) to earn the Bronko Naguarski National Defensive Player of the Week honor and only the third all-time. He is the first Wildcat since at least 2002 to total double-digit tackles, a tackle-for-loss, a forced fumble and an interception in a single game.
His forced fumble in the third quarter in Oklahoma territory became another takeaway that led to K-State scoring on five straight second-half possessions. The Wildcats rally from a 21-point deficit, which McPherson closed with his interception with 34 seconds left, tied a school record. The 11 tackles nearly doubled his previous career high of six.
McPherson will be added to the Bronko Nagurski Trophy Watch List. No Kansas State player has won the Bronko Nagurski Trophy, although four Wildcats have been finalists, most recently cornerback Terence Newman in 2002. Cornerback Chris Canty was a two-time finalist in 1995 and '96.
Kansas State hosts Texas Tech this Saturday at 2:30 p.m. on FS1.
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.
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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
Bronko Nagurski Trophy (All-Time Winners, Finalists and Players of the Week)
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