Football Writers Association of America Sept. 25, 2018
For Immediate Release
Contact: Steve Richardson
214-870-6516
Senior linebacker has career night in win over Arizona State
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WASHINGTON'S BURR-KIRVEN IS BRONKO NAGURSKI
NATIONAL DEFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE WEEK

DALLAS (FWAA) Washington linebacker Ben Burr-Kirven posted a career-high 20 tackles with 14 solo tackles to spearhead a defense that held Arizona State to 268 total yards in a 27-20 win. Burr-Kirven's tackle total was the highest by a Washington player in 22 years and earned him the Bronko Nagurski National Defensive Player of the Week honor for games of the weekend of Sept. 22, as selected by the Football Writers Association of America.

The 6-0, 221-pound senior from Menlo Park, Calif., also forced two fumbles and recovered one of them. His 53 total tackles on the season are 30 more than any other Huskies player. He paced a complete defensive effort by Washington, which held ASU to 104 yards passing 215 yards below their average coming into the game and his fumble recovery was Washington's lone takeaway.

Burr-Kirven had 11 tackles at halftime against ASU and passed his previous career high of 13 tackles with three more during the Sun Devils' first drive of the third quarter. The Huskies have yet to give up a touchdown in the second or third quarters this season, allowing only two field goals during those frames. The 20 tackles were the highest total since John Fiala had 22, also against ASU, in 1996. Burr-Kirven was a member of the CoSIDA Academic All-District 8 team and was an Academic All-Pac-12 First Team member in 2017.

Each Tuesday during the regular season, the FWAA has selected a Bronko Nagurski National Defensive Player of the Week since 2001. Burr-Kirven, a three-year letterman, is a member of the Bronko Nagurski Trophy Watch List. The FWAA and the Charlotte Touchdown Club will announce five finalists for the 2018 Bronko Nagurski Trophy on Wed., Nov. 14. The winner will be chosen from those five finalists who are part of the 2018 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. 3 at the Charlotte Convention Center. In addition to the 2018 Bronko Nagurski Trophy winner's announcement, the banquet will also celebrate the recipient of the Bronko Nagurski Legends Award, sponsored by the Rolle Oral & Facial Surgery.

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. Visit ncfaa.org to learn more about our story.

About the Football Writers Association of America:
Founded in 1941, the FWAA 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 at tiger@fwaa.com.

ABOUT THE CHARLOTTE TOUCHDOWN CLUB AND ITS SPONSORS
The Charlotte Touchdown Club is a non-profit organization founded in 1991 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. Since 1991, the club has raised more than $2,000,000 to benefit area high school and collegiate athletics. For more information, contact John Rocco (704-347-2918 or jrocco@touchdownclub.com). The official website of the Charlotte Touchdown Club is touchdownclub.com.

ACN, Inc.
Founded in 1993, ACN is the world's largest direct seller of telecommunications, energy and essential services for residential and business customers. ACN provides the services people need and use every day including phone service, high-speed internet, wireless, television, security and automation, computer support, payment processing and natural gas and electricity. ACN operates in 25 countries with offices located throughout North America, Europe, Latin America, Asia and the Pacific. For more information, visit myacn.com. For information on ACN's home-based business opportunity, visit acninc.com.

About Rolle Oral & Facial Surgery
Dr. Richard R. Rolle Jr. is a leading oral & maxillofacial surgeon, with strong ties to athletics and delivering excellence www.rolleoralfacialsurgery.com. Rolle Oral & Facial Surgery offers expertise in: dental implants, wisdom tooth extraction, youth-capturing, cosmetic injectables, oral surgery and cleft lip reconstruction in his Lake Norman, North Carolina practice. Dr. Rolle holds a B.A. from the University of Notre Dame where he played varsity football under legendary Coach Lou Holtz. He completed his oral surgery internship at Harvard's Massachusetts General Hospital and holds a Doctor of Dental Surgery from Meharry Medical College. Rolle Oral & Facial Surgery is the official surgeon for the Charlotte Hornets, Charlotte Checkers and Charlotte 49ers.

2018 Bronko Nagurski National Defensive Players of the Week
Weekend of Sept. 1: Tyler Horton, Boise State
Weekend of Sept. 8: Nate Landman, Colorado
Weekend of Sept. 15: Alvin Davis Jr., Akron
Weekend of Sept. 22: Ben Burr-Kirven, Washington
Weekend of Sept. 29: Jerry Tillery, Notre Dame
Weekend of Oct. 6: Montez Sweat, Mississippi State
Weekend of Oct. 13: Keisean Lucier-South, UCLA

Related link:
Bronko Nagurski Trophy (All-Time Winners, Finalists and Players of the Week)