Bronko Nagurski Trophy

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Bronko Nagurski Trophy
The Bronko Nagurski Trophy
Given for best defensive player in NCAA college football
Country United States
Presented by Charlotte Touchdown Club and Football Writers Association of America
First award 1993
Most recent Jonathan Allen, Alabama

The Bronko Nagurski Trophy has been awarded annually since 1993 to the collegiate American football player adjudged by the membership of the Football Writers Association of America (FWAA) to be the best defensively in the National Collegiate Athletic Association; the award is presented by the Charlotte Touchdown Club and the FWAA. The award is named for Bronko Nagurski, who played football for the University of Minnesota and the Chicago Bears.[1]


Year Winner School Position Ref
1993 Waldrop, RobRob Waldrop Arizona Defensive tackle
1994 Sapp, WarrenWarren Sapp Miami (FL) Defensive tackle
1995 Fitzgerald, PatPat Fitzgerald Northwestern Linebacker
1996 Fitzgerald, PatPat Fitzgerald Northwestern Linebacker
1997 Woodson, CharlesCharles Woodson Michigan Cornerback
1998 Bailey, ChampChamp Bailey Georgia Cornerback
1999 Moore, CoreyCorey Moore Virginia Tech Linebacker
2000 Morgan, DanDan Morgan Miami (FL) Linebacker
2001 Williams, RoyRoy Williams Oklahoma Safety
2002 Suggs, TerrellTerrell Suggs Arizona State Defensive end
2003 Strait, DerrickDerrick Strait Oklahoma Cornerback
2004 Johnson, DerrickDerrick Johnson Texas Linebacker
2005 Dumervil, ElvisElvis Dumervil Louisville Defensive end
2006 Laurinaitis, JamesJames Laurinaitis Ohio State Linebacker
2007 Dorsey, GlennGlenn Dorsey LSU Defensive tackle
2008 Orakpo, BrianBrian Orakpo Texas Linebacker
2009 Suh, NdamukongNdamukong Suh Nebraska Defensive tackle
2010 Bowers, Da'QuanDa'Quan Bowers Clemson Defensive end [2]
2011 Kuechly, LukeLuke Kuechly Boston College Linebacker [3]
2012 TeoManti Te'o Notre Dame Linebacker [4]
2013 Donald, AaronAaron Donald Pittsburgh Defensive tackle [5]
2014 Wright III, ScoobyScooby Wright III Arizona Linebacker [6]
2015 Matakevich, TylerTyler Matakevich Temple Linebacker [7]
2016 Allen, JonathanJonathan Allen Alabama Defensive end [8]

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  1. ^ "College football: 2016 Bronko Nagurski Trophy watch list announced". Football Writers Association of America. July 8, 2016. Retrieved July 5, 2017. 
  2. ^ Cranston, Mike (December 6, 2010). "Clemson DE Bowers wins Bronko Nagurski Trophy". The Oklahoman. Associated Press. Retrieved July 5, 2017. 
  3. ^ Reed, Steve (December 13, 2011). "Kuechly wins Bronko Nagurski Trophy". USA Today. Associated Press. Retrieved July 5, 2017. 
  4. ^ "Notre Dame's Te'o wins Nagurski Award for top defensive player". USA Today. Associated Press. December 3, 2012. Retrieved July 5, 2017. 
  5. ^ Werner, Sam (December 9, 2013). "Pitt defensive tackle Donald wins Nagurski Trophy". Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. Retrieved July 5, 2017. 
  6. ^ "Arizona LB Scooby Wright wins Nagurski Award". USA Today. Associated Press. December 8, 2014. Retrieved July 5, 2017. 
  7. ^ Scarcella, Rich (December 8, 2015). "Temple's Matakevich wins Bronko Nagurski Trophy". Reading Eagle. Retrieved July 5, 2017. 
  8. ^ Potter, Charlie (December 6, 2016). "Alabama's Jonathan Allen wins Bronko Nagurski Trophy". CBS Sports. Retrieved July 5, 2017. 

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