Bronko Nagurski Trophy

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Bronko Nagurski Trophy
The Bronko Nagurski Trophy
Given forbest defensive player in NCAA college football
CountryUnited States
Presented byCharlotte Touchdown Club and Football Writers Association of America
First award1993
Most recentJosh Allen, University of Kentucky

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 Rob Waldrop Arizona Defensive tackle
1994 Warren Sapp Miami (FL) Defensive tackle
1995 Pat Fitzgerald Northwestern Linebacker
1996 Pat Fitzgerald Northwestern Linebacker
1997 Charles Woodson Michigan Cornerback
1998 Champ Bailey Georgia Cornerback
1999 Corey Moore Virginia Tech Linebacker
2000 Dan Morgan Miami (FL) Linebacker
2001 Roy Williams Oklahoma Safety
2002 Terrell Suggs Arizona State Defensive end
2003 Derrick Strait Oklahoma Cornerback
2004 Derrick Johnson Texas Linebacker
2005 Elvis Dumervil Louisville Defensive end
2006 James Laurinaitis Ohio State Linebacker
2007 Glenn Dorsey LSU Defensive tackle
2008 Brian Orakpo Texas Linebacker
2009 Ndamukong Suh Nebraska Defensive tackle
2010 Da'Quan Bowers Clemson Defensive end [2]
2011 Luke Kuechly Boston College Linebacker [3]
2012 Manti Te'o Notre Dame Linebacker [4]
2013 Aaron Donald Pittsburgh Defensive tackle [5]
2014 Scooby Wright III Arizona Linebacker [6]
2015 Tyler Matakevich Temple Linebacker [7]
2016 Jonathan Allen Alabama Defensive end [8]
2017 Bradley Chubb NC State Defensive end [9]
2018 Josh Allen Kentucky Linebacker [10]

See also[edit]


  • "Bronko Nagurski Award Winners". Sports Reference. Retrieved July 5, 2017.
  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.
  9. ^ Reed, Steve (December 5, 2017). "NC State DE Bradley Chubb wins Nagurski Award as top defender". Chicago Tribune. Retrieved December 5, 2017.
  10. ^ Pilgram, Jack (December 3, 2018). "Josh Allen wins Bronko Nagurski Trophy for Defensive Player of the Year". Kentucky Sports Radio. Retrieved December 3, 2018.

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