DALLAS (FWAA) – Arkansas linebacker
Bumper Pool notched a career-best 20 tackles last week
as the Razorbacks spoiled No. 16 Mississippi State's home opener
with a 21-14 win. Pool's 20 stops are the single-game high in the
FBS this season and earned him the Bronko Nagurski National
Defensive Player of the Week honor for games in the weekend
of Oct. 3, as selected by the Football Writers Association
Pool, a 6-2, 229-pound junior from Lucas, Texas, is the first
Arkansas player since 2010 to earn the Bronko Nagurski National
Defensive Player of the Week and the fifth Hogs player to be recognized.
Pool became one of only nine SEC players in the last 10 years to
register 20 or more tackles in a game and the first in a conference
game since 2015.
The big game pushed Pool into the national lead in tackles per
game at 15.5 and his 31 total tackles (12 solo) are tied for ninth.
The last time an Arkansas player had 20 or more tackles in a game
came in 2010 (Jerry Franklin's 20, also vs. Mississippi State).
According to College Football Reference, he is one of only 19
players in the FBS since 2005 to post 20 or more tackles in a road
win. He also had two pass breakups.
Incidentally, fellow Hogs inside linebacker Grant Morgan is second
nationally at 14.0 tackles per game. Pool and Morgan were part of
a defense that held Mississippi State to 87 rushing yards, the Bulldogs'
lowest output at home since 2015 against Alabama. Pool and safety
Joe Foucha were the SEC's Co-Defensive Players of the Week, the
first Razorbacks to receive the conference's weekly defensive honors
Pool will be added to the Bronko Nagurski Trophy Watch List.
Arkansas has never had a finalist for the Bronko Nagurski Trophy.
The win was Arkansas' first against a ranked opponent since 2016
and ended a 20-game SEC losing streak. The Hogs play at No. 13 Auburn
at 3 p.m. CT Saturday on the SEC Network.
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 three finalists
for the 2020 Bronko Nagurski Trophy later this season. The national
defensive player of the year will be chosen from those 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
Weekend of Sept. 26: Jahron McPherson, S, Kansas State
Weekend of Oct. 3: Bumper Pool, LB, Arkansas
Weekend of Oct. 10: Nick Bolton, LB, Missouri
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