DALLAS (FWAA) – Utah free safety Robert Johnson
has been named the FWAA/Bronko Nagurski National Defensive Player
of the Week for games of the weekend of Sept. 15.
a 6-3, 185-pound sophomore from Los Angeles, recorded a career-high
six tackles (three unassisted), two interceptions, broke up another
pass, and forced a UCLA fumble into the end zone for a touchback
in Utah's 44-6 victory over UCLA.
His first interception came in the second quarter on Utah's
13-yard line. In the third quarter, Johnson knocked the ball out
of UCLA receiver Marcus Everett's hand as he reached for the goal
line Johnson intercepted his second pass in the third quarter as
the Utes padded their lead.
Johnson will be added to the 2007 Bronko Nagurski Trophy Watch
List. The Bronko Nagurski Trophy will be presented to the best defensive
player in college football on Dec. 3 by the FWAA and the Charlotte
Touchdown Club at the Westin Hotel in Charlotte, N.C.
Each week during the 2007 season the FWAA All-America Committee
will select a national defensive player of the week from nominations
made by the 11 Division I Bowl Subdivision Conferences and major
Last season Ohio State linebacker James Laurinaitis won the coveted
Bronko Nagurski Trophy during the 12th season the FWAA has named
a Defensive Player of the Year.
The Football Writers Association of America, a non-profit
organization founded in 1941, consists of more than 1,000 men and
women across North America who cover college football for a living.
The membership includes journalists, broadcasters and publicists,
as well as key executives in all the areas that involve the game.
The FWAA works to govern areas that include game day operations,
major awards, a national poll and its annual All-America team.
The Charlotte Touchdown Club is a non-profit organization
founded in 1990 for the purpose of promoting high school, collegiate,
and professional football in the Charlotte, N.C. region. The club's
activities and services focus community attention on the outstanding
citizenship, scholarship, sportsmanship, and leadership of area
athletes and coaches. For more information, contact John Rocco
(704-347-2918 or firstname.lastname@example.org).
The official website of the Charlotte Touchdown Club is
For more information on the Bronko Nagurski Trophy, contact FWAA
executive director Steve Richardson (972-713-6198 or
2007 Bronko Nagurski National Defensive Players of the Week
• Sept. 1: Pig Brown, Missouri
• Sept. 8: Nate Allen, South Florida
• Sept. 15: Robert Johnson, Utah
• Sept. 22: Larry English, Northern Illinois
• Sept. 29: Ben Moffitt, South Florida
• Oct. 6: Eric Norwood, South Carolina
• Oct. 13: Mike Humpal, Iowa
• Oct. 20: D.J. Moore, Vanderbilt
• Oct. 27: Terrence Wheatley, Colorado
• Nov. 3: James Laurinaitis, Ohio State