DALLAS (FWAA) Iowa middle linebacker
Jack Campbell recovered a fumble midway through
the third quarter that helped rally the Hawkeyes from a halftime
deficit and keep them undefeated at 4-0 with a 24-14 home win over
Colorado State. That takeaway plus a career-high 18 tackles and
three pass breakups earned Campbell the Bronko Nagurski
National Defensive Player of the Week honor for games of
the weekend of Sept. 25, as selected by the Football Writers
Association of America.
|Iowa's Jack Campbell
This is the fourth time for an Iowa player to earn this weekly
honor and the first since linebacker Josey Jewell in 2017. The Hawkeyes
have had two Bronko Nagurski Trophy finalists in the past four seasons
tackle Daviyon Nixon in 2020 and Jewell in 2017 as well as linebacker
Pat Angerer as a finalist in 2009. Campbell will be added to this
seasons Bronko Nagurski Trophy watch list.
Campbell, a 6-5, 243-pound junior from Cedar Falls, Iowa, posted
seven solo tackles among the 18 total and the fumble recovery was
his second of the season. Colorado State held a 14-7 lead at the
half before Yahya Black forced a fumble midway through the third
quarter. Campbell recovered at the Rams' six-yard line, and Tyrone
Tracy Jr. scored on the next play to tie the game and Iowa pulled
away from there.
It was the second game-changing fumble recovery for Campbell.
The other scored a touchdown in Iowa's 27-17 earlier win over Iowa
State. Campbell leads the Hawkeyes with 43 tackles with 19 solo
stops. He has forced a fumble as well and has 1.5 tackles for loss.
The three pass breakups were his first of the season.
Iowa (4-0, 1-0 Big Ten) travels to Maryland (4-0, 1-0) for a
primetime showcase Friday at 8 p.m. on FS1.
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 2021 Bronko Nagurski Trophy on Nov. 17. The national defensive
player of the year will be chosen from those finalists who are part
of the 2021 FWAA All-America Team and presented with the trophy
at the Bronko Nagurski Awards Banquet presented by LendingTree
on Dec. 6 at the Charlotte Convention Center
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 journalists, broadcasters, publicists, photographers
and key executives in all areas of college football. The FWAA works
to govern media access and gameday operations while presenting awards
and honors, including an annual All-America team. For more information
about the FWAA and its programs and initiatives, contact Executive
Director Steve Richardson at 214-870-6516 or
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 and donated nearly $3 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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2021 Bronko Nagurski National Defensive Players of the Week
Weekend of Sept. 4: Jordan Davis, DT, Georgia
Weekend of Sept. 11: Verone McKinley III, S, Oregon
Weekend of Sept. 18: Jared Bartlett, DE, West Virginia
Weekend of Sept. 25: Jack Campbell, LB, Iowa
Weekend of Oct. 2: Khoury Bethley, S, Hawaii
Weekend of Oct. 9: Matt Hankins, CB, Iowa
Weekend of Oct. 16: Will Anderson Jr., LB, Alabama
Weekend of Oct. 23: Kayvon Thibodeaux, DE/LB, Oregon
Weekend of Oct. 30: Felix Anudike-Uzomah, DE, Kansas State
Weekend of Nov. 6: Steven Jones Jr., CB, App State
Bronko Nagurski Trophy (All-Time Winners, Finalists and Players of the Week)
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