DALLAS (FWAA) BYU linebacker Isaiah
Kaufusi registered two sacks and five tackles as the Cougars
went into Annapolis and dominated Navy in a 55-3 season-opening
win. For his career-high sack total, Kaufusi earned the
Bronko Nagurski National Defensive Player of the Week honor
for games in the weekend of Sept. 5, as selected by the
Football Writers Association of America.
Kaufusi, a 6-2, 220-pound senior from Cottonwood Heights, Utah,
is only the second BYU player to earn the Bronko Nagurski National
Defensive Player of the Week honor and the first since 2015 (Kai
Nacua, Week 2). Kaufusi also forced a fumble in helping the Cougars
hold Navy to 149 yards of total offense. BYUs 31-0 halftime lead
was the largest in a season opener since 1977 (led Kansas State
32-0); the Cougars only had one halftime shutout (UMass) last season.
Navy never reached the red zone, as BYU held it to 2-of-11 on third-down
Kaufusi will be added to the Bronko Nagurski Trophy Watch List,
where he joins BYU defensive tackle Khyiris Tonga, already a member
of the preseason list. No BYU player has ever been a finalist for
the Bronko Nagurski Trophy.
Each Tuesday during the regular season, the FWAA has selected
a Bronko Nagurski National Defensive Player of the Week since 2001.
The FWAA and the Charlotte Touchdown Club will announce five finalists
for the 2020 Bronko Nagurski Trophy later this season. The national
defensive player of the year will be chosen from those five finalists
who are part of the 2020 FWAA All-America Team.
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.
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
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. Since 1990, the club has raised more than $2 million to
benefit area high school and collegiate athletics. For more information,
contact John Rocco (704-347-2918 or
The official website of the Charlotte Touchdown Club is
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2020 Bronko Nagurski National Defensive Players of the Week
Weekend of Sept. 5: Isaiah Kaufusi, LB, BYU
Weekend of Sept. 12: Curtis Ryans, DE, Georgia Tech
Weekend of Sept. 19: Tavante Beckett, LB, Marshall
Bronko Nagurski Trophy (All-Time Winners, Finalists and Players of the Week)
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