|Rice's Dan Dawson returned an interception for a
score and blocked a field goal as part of his 14-tackle effort vs. Hawaii
DALLAS (FWAA) Dan Dawson, a senior linebacker from Rice,
was named the Bronko Nagurski Defensive Player of the Week on Monday
by a panel of FWAA members.
The FWAA (Football Writers Association of America) and the Charlotte
Touchdown Club will pick a Defensive Player of the Week each Monday during
the rest of the regular season. Dawson will be added to the Watch List for
the Bronko Nagurski Trophy which will be presented on Dec. 10 in Charlotte,
N.C., by the FWAA and the Charlotte Touchdown Club.
Dawson had 14 tackles (eight unassisted), including four for 16 yards
in losses in the Owls' 27-24 victory over Hawaii. He made one of the biggest
defensive plays of the game came when Rice trailed, 24-14, late in the third
quarter. Dawson intercepted a pass and returned it 74 yards for a touchdown.
He also blocked a field goal and broke up another pass.
Defensive back James King, a redshirt freshman from Central Michigan,
won the first weekly award this season. North Carolinas junior defensive
end Julius Peppers claimed the second weekly award with his performance
in the Tar Heels' shocking 41-9 victory over Florida State.
2001 Bronko Nagurski Players of the Week:
Sept. 10: James King, Central Michigan
Sept. 24: Julius Peppers, North Carolina
Oct. 1: Dan Dawson, Rice
Oct. 8: Roy Williams, Oklahoma
Oct. 15: E.J. Henderson, Maryland
Oct. 22: Bob Sanders, Iowa
Oct. 29: Jamie Burrow, Nebraska
Nov. 5: Jermaine Petty, Arkansas
Nov. 12: Eugene Wilson, Illinois
Nov. 19: Jermaine Petty, Arkansas
Sept. 24: Charlotte Touchdown Club changes award