Football Writers Association of America Nov. 4, 2003
For Immediate Release
Contact: Steve Richardson
Junior leads stifling defensive performance vs. Nebraska

DALLAS (FWAA) Texas' Derrick Johnson (Waco, Texas) is this week's recipient of the Bronko Nagurski National Defensive Player of the Week for his performance in the school's 31-7 victory over Nebraska this past Saturday.

The Bronko Nagurski Trophy

The 6-4, 230-pound junior posted 11 tackles, caused a fumble, intercepted a pass, registered four pressures and tallied four tackles for loss against Nebraska. The Longhorns held a Nebraska offense that was rushing for 259.1 yards per game to just 53 yards on 40 attempts.

For the third straight season, a panel from the Football Writers Association of America (FWAA) selects the winner of the weekly award on behalf of the Charlotte Touchdown Club. The winner is announced each Tuesday throughout the season.

Johnson is already on the Watch List for the 2003 Bronko Nagurski Trophy which will be presented on Dec. 8 in Charlotte, N.C., by the FWAA and the Charlotte Touchdown Club.

2003 Bronko Nagurski Players of the Week
Sept. 9: Eric Henderson, Georgia Tech
Sept. 16: Jamaal Brimmer, UNLV
Sept. 23: Corey Webster, LSU
Sept. 30: Usama Young, Kent State
Oct. 7: Dave Ball, UCLA
Oct. 14: Jorge Cordova, Nevada
Oct. 21: Keiwan Ratliff, Florida
Oct. 28: Janssen Patton, Bowling Green
Nov. 4: Derrick Johnson, Texas
Nov. 11: Erik Coleman, Washington State

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