DALLAS (FWAA) – Maryland linebacker E.J. Henderson 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. Henderson 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.
Henderson, a 6-foot-2, 238-pound junior, matched his career high with
18 total tackles (13 unassisted) in. Maryland's victory over Georgia Tech.
He recovered a fumble and returned it 32 yards for Maryland's first touchdown.
He had four tackles for losses and one sack of Georgia Tech quarterback
George Godsey. Henderson played every defensive snap and also had a tackle
on special teams.
Defensive back James King, a redshirt freshman from Central Michigan,
won the first weekly award this season. North Carolina's junior defensive
end Julius Peppers claimed the second weekly award with his performance
in the Tar Heels' 41-9 victory over Florida State. Linebacker Dan Dawson
of Rice won the third Bronko Nagurski Player of the Week honor with a standout
defensive performance in the Owls' 27-24 victory over Hawaii. Last week,
Oklahoma safety Roy Williams claimed the award for his performance in Oklahoma's
14-3 victory over Texas.
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