DALLAS (FWAA) – Vanderbilt linebacker
Zach Cunningham has been named the FWAA/Bronko
Nagurski National Defensive Player of the Week for his
performance in the Commodores' 17-16 upset victory over Georgia
last Saturday in Athens.
With 56 seconds remaining, Cunningham, a 6-4, 230-pound junior
from Pinson, Ala., made a game-clinching tackle on fourth and one,
Georgia's last offensive play.
Cunningham registered 19 tackles, which included 2.5 tackles
for loss. The tackle total ties for the most by a Southeastern Conference
player this season. It is the most tackles by a Commodore defender
since linebacker Jamie Winborn's 20 tackles against South Carolina
in 1999. Vanderbilt limited Georgia to 75 yards rushing.
Cunningham already appears on the Bronko Nagurski Watch List.
The FWAA and the Charlotte Touchdown Club will announce five finalists
for the 2016 Bronko Nagurski Trophy on Thurs., Nov. 17. The winner
will be chosen from those five finalists who are part of the 2016
FWAA All-America Team.
The FWAA All-America Committee, after voting input from the association's
entire membership, selects a 26-man All-America Team and eventually
the Bronko Nagurski Trophy finalists. The committee members then
select the winner as the best defensive player in college football.
The annual Bronko Nagurski Trophy Banquet, presented by ACN,
will be held on Mon., Dec. 5, at the Charlotte Convention Center.
In addition to the 2016 Bronko Nagurski Trophy winner's announcement,
the banquet will celebrate the recipient of the Bronko Nagurski
Legends Award, sponsored by the CTC and Florida East Coast Railway.
Navy's Chet Moeller, a member of the FWAA's 1975 All-America Team
and a College Football Hall of Famer, will be honored. Duke head
coach David Cutcliffe will be the keynote speaker at the banquet.
The FWAA has chosen a National Defensive Player of the Year since
1993. In 1995, the FWAA named the award in honor of the legendary
two-way player from the University of Minnesota. Nagurski dominated
college football then became a star for professional football's
Chicago Bears in the 1930s. Bronislaw "Bronko" Nagurski
is a charter member of both the College Football and Pro Football
Halls of Fame.
The Bronko Nagurski Trophy is a member of the National College
Football Awards Association (NCFAA), which encompasses the most
prestigious awards in college football.
Founded in 1941, the Football Writers Association of America consists of 1,400 men and women who cover college football.
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 and its annual All-America team.
For more information about the FWAA and its award programs, contact Steve Richardson
ABOUT THE CHARLOTTE TOUCHDOWN CLUB AND ITS SPONSORS
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
The official website of the Charlotte Touchdown Club is
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2016 Bronko Nagurski National Defensive Players of the Week
• Weekend of Sept. 3: Justin Evans, Texas A&M
• Weekend of Sept. 10: Sunia Tauteoli, Utah
• Weekend of Sept. 17: Steven Taylor, Houston
• Weekend of Sept. 24: Travon Blanchard, Baylor
• Weekend of Oct. 1: Ben Boulware, Clemson
• Weekend of Oct. 8: Josiah Powell, Navy
• Weekend of Oct. 15: Zach Cunningham, Vanderbilt
• Weekend of Oct. 22: Jonathan Allen, Alabama
• Weekend of Oct. 29: Jarron Jones, Notre Dame
• Weekend of Nov. 5: Drico Johnson, UCF
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