DALLAS (FWAA) – Alabama linebacker Rolando McClain
has been named the FWAA/Bronko Nagurski National Defensive Player
of the Week for games of the weekend of Oct. 3.
McClain, a 6-4, 258-pound junior from Decatur, Ala.,
registered a game-high 12 tackles (eight unassisted) picked off
a pass, forced a fumble and recorded a pass deflection in
Alabama's 38-20 victory over Kentucky. McClain's forced fumble
led to a 45-yard touchdown return that gave the Crimson Tide a
21-6 halftime lead. Then, his 21-yard interception return on the
first possession of the third quarter set up another Alabama
touchdown. And, his third-quarter pass deflection resulted in an
interception that led to a field goal.
McClain will be added to the 2009 Bronko Nagurski Trophy Watch
List. The Bronko Nagurski Trophy will be presented to the best defensive
player in college football on Dec. 7 by the FWAA and the Charlotte
Touchdown Club at the Westin Hotel in Charlotte, N.C. Five finalists
for the Nagurski Trophy will be announced on Nov. 18 or 19.
Each week during the 2009 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, Texas end Brian Orakpo won the coveted Bronko Nagurski
Trophy during the 14th season the FWAA named a national defensive
player of the year.
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
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The official website of the Charlotte Touchdown Club is
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founded in 1941, consists of more than 1,100 men and women 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 gameday operations, major awards and its annual All-America
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2009 Bronko Nagurski National Defensive Players of the Week
• Sept. 5: B.W. Webb, William & Mary
• Sept. 12: Nate Triplett, Minnesota
• Sept. 19: Donald Butler, Washington
• Sept. 26: Pat Angerer, Iowa
• Oct. 3: Rolando McClain, Alabama
• Oct. 10: Ndamukong Suh, Nebraska
• Oct. 17: Ryan Kerrigan, Purdue
• Oct. 24: DeAndre McDaniel, Clemson
• Oct. 31: Jared Crick, Nebraska
• Nov. 7: Matt O'Hanlon, Nebraska