DALLAS (FWAA) – Virginia Tech senior free safety Willie Pile
(Alexandria, Va.) is this week's recipient of the Bronko Nagurski National Defensive
Player of the Week Award for his performance in the Hokies' 13-3 win over Texas A&M
this past Saturday in College Station.
Pile had 10 tackles, including five solo. He was also part of two turnovers, recording an
interception and a fumble recovery. He had 48 return yards, bringing back the pickoff 17
yards and the fumble 31 yards. The interception, the 11th of his career, set up the go-ahead
field goal for Tech as the Hokies became the first non-conference opponent to win at College
Station vs. A&M head coach R.C. Slocum.
A three-person panel from the Football Writers Association of America (FWAA) selects the
winner of the weekly award.
The FWAA and the Charlotte Touchdown Club pick a National Defensive Player of the Week each
Monday. Pile will be added to the Watch List for the Bronko Nagurski Trophy which will be presented
on Dec. 9 in Charlotte, N.C., by the FWAA and the Charlotte Touchdown Club.
2002 Bronko Nagurski Players of the Week
• Sept. 9: Maurice Sikes, Miami
• Sept. 16: Shane Walton, Notre Dame
• Sept. 23: Willie Pile, Virginia Tech
• Sept. 30: R.J. Jones, Missouri
• Oct. 7: Matt Grier, Mississippi
• Oct. 14: Corey Webster, LSU
• Oct. 21: Brandon Everage, Oklahoma
• Oct. 28: Terrell Suggs, Arizona State
• Nov. 4: Josh Ott, Boston College
• Nov. 11: Bobby Walker, Kansas State
• Charlotte Touchdown Club