Xavier Thomas & Isaiah Simmons Named to Nagurski Watch List

On the web: http://www.sportswriters.net/fwaa/news/2019/nagurski190723.htmlJuly 23, 2019For Immediate ReleaseContact: Steve Richardson214-870-6516.pdf version2019 BRONKO NAGURSKI TROPHY WATCH LIST UNVEILED92 players get consideration for defensive player of the yearDALLAS (FWAA) – The Football Writers Association of America released its2019 Bronko Nagurski Trophy Watch List today, selecting 92 defensive standouts from 65 schools in all 10 Division I FBS conferences plus independents on a roster that includes four returning players from last season’s FWAA All-America team.Grant Delpit, a junior safety from LSU, tops the list as the lone returning Bronko Nagurski Trophy finalist and FWAA first-team All-American from last season. Joining him on the list are three other returning 2018 FWAA second-team All-Americans in Virginia cornerback Bryce Hall, Michigan State defensive end Kenny Willekes, and Stanford cornerback Paulson Adebo.Alabama leads the team count with four representatives – linebackers Anfernee Jennings and Dylan Moses, end Raekwon Davis and cornerback Trevon Diggs. In addition to Delpit, LSU boasts linebacker Jacob Phillips and cornerback Kristian Fulton on the list to tie Iowa State, Notre Dame and Penn State with three members each. There are 16 schools with two members on the list.Players may be added or removed from the watch list during the course of the season. As in previous years, the FWAA will announce a National Defensive Player of the Week each Tuesday this season. If not already on the watch list, each week’s honored player will be added at that time. The FWAA and the Charlotte Touchdown Club will announce five finalists for the 2019 Bronko Nagurski Trophy on Nov. 20.The Bronko Nagurski Trophy winner will be chosen from those five finalists. The FWAA All-America Committee, after voting input from the association’s full membership, selects a 26-man All-America Team and eventually the Nagurski Trophy finalists. Committee members, by individual ballot, select the winner they regard as the best defensive player in college football.This year’s watch list includes at least four players from eight of the 10 FBS conferences. The SEC (18) and Big Ten (15) have the most members and combine to make up more than one-third of the 92-man list. The ACC and Pac-12 (12 each) and Big 12 (11) also have double-digit representation, followed by the American Athletic (6), Independents (5), Conference USA (4), Mountain West (4), Mid-American (3) and Sun Belt (2). The list includes 36 linebackers, 28 backs, 21 ends and seven tackles.2019 BRONKO NAGURSKI TROPHY PRESEASON WATCH LIST (92)DB DeMarkus Acy, Missouri DB Paulson Adebo, Stanford DE Bradlee Anae, Utah LB Rayshard Ashby, Virginia Tech LB Joe Bachie, Michigan State DE JaQuan Bailey, Iowa State LB Markus Bailey, Purdue DB Essang Bassey, Wake Forest LB Shaun Bradley, Temple DB Antoine Brooks Jr., Maryland LB Jordyn Brooks, Texas Tech DT Derrick Brown, Auburn DB Myles Bryant, Washington DB Andre Cisco, Syracuse DE Nick Coe, Auburn LB Carter Coughlin, Minnesota DB Cameron Dantzler, Mississippi State DE Raekwon Davis, Alabama DB Grant Delpit, LSU DB Trevon Diggs, Alabama DE Victor Dimukeje, Duke LB Troy Dye, Oregon LB Cooper Edmiston, Tulsa DE A.J. Epenesa, Iowa LB Jordan Fehr, Appalachian State LB Paddy Fisher, Northwestern DB Jordan Fuller, Ohio State DB Kristian Fulton, LSU LB Lawrence Garner, Old Dominion LB Cale Garrett, Missouri DE Jonathan Garvin, Miami DE Joe Gaziano, Northwestern DB Alohi Gilman, Notre Dame DB Jeff Gladney, TCU DB Richie Grant, UCF DB A.J. Green, Oklahoma State DE Yetur Gross-Matos, Penn State DB Javon Hagan, Ohio DB Bryce Hall, Virginia LB Ky’el Hemby, Southern Miss DB CJ Henderson, Florida DB Lavert Hill, Michigan DE Wyatt Hubert, Kansas State LB Bryce Huff, Memphis LB Anfernee Jennings, Alabama DB Jaylon Johnson, Utah DE Mustafa Johnson, Colorado DE Patrick Johnson, Tulane LB Clay Johnston, Baylor DB Brandon Jones, Texas LB Antonio Jones-Davis, NIU DE Khalid Kareem, Notre Dame LB Nate Landman, Colorado LB Sage Lewis, FIU DT Ray Lima, Iowa State LB Bryan London II, Texas StateLB Jordan Mack, Virginia DT Justin Madubuke, Texas A&M DB Kevin McGill, Eastern Michigan DB Josh Metellus, Michigan LB Dylan Moses, Alabama LB Kenneth Murray, Oklahoma DE Julian Okwara, Notre Dame LB Micah Parsons, Penn State LB Jacob Phillips, LSU LB Shaquille Quarterman, Miami DB J.R. Reed, Georgia DB Elijah Riley, Army DB Amik Robertson, Louisiana Tech LB Merlin Robertson, Arizona State DE Alton Robinson, Syracuse LB Colin Schooler, Arizona DT Jordon Scott, Oregon LB Isaiah Simmons, Clemson LB Marcel Spears, Iowa State DB Caden Sterns, Texas LB Darrell Taylor, Tennessee LB Kyahva Tezino, San Diego StateDE Xavier Thomas, Clemson LB Erroll Thompson, Mississippi State DT Khyiris Tonga, BYU DE Jay Tufele, USC LB Mykal Walker, Fresno State DE Curtis Weaver, Boise State LB Evan Weaver, California DB James Wiggins, Cincinnati DE Kenny Willekes, Michigan State DT Marvin Wilson, Florida State DT Robert Windsor, Penn State LB David Woodward, Utah StateDE Chase Young, Ohio StateDE Jabari Zuniga, FloridaBy conference: SEC 18, Big Ten 15, ACC 12, Pac-12 12, Big 12 11, American Athletic 6, Independents 5, Conference USA 4, Mountain West 4, Mid-American 3, Sun Belt 2.By position: Linebackers 36, Backs 28, Ends 21, Tackles 7.Players may be added or removed from the list before or during the seasonThe 25th Annual Bronko Nagurski Trophy Banquet will be held on Dec. 9 at the Charlotte Convention Center. In addition to the 2019 Bronko Nagurski Trophy winner’s announcement, the banquet will also celebrate former UCLA All-American Jerry Robinson, the recipient of the Bronko Nagurski Legends Award. Ohio State head coach Ryan Day is the keynote speaker.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.The Bronko Nagurski Trophy is a member of the National College Football Awards Association (NCFAA), which encompasses the most prestigious awards in college football. Founded in 1997, the NCFAA and its 25 awards now boast over 800 recipients, dating to 1935. Visit ncfaa.org to learn more about the NCFAA.The members of the NCFAA have been unveiling their preseason watch lists over a 10-day period this month. Sixteen of the association’s 25 awards select a preseason watch list and the NCFAA has spearheaded a coordinated effort to promote each award’s preseason candidates. Following is the remaining 2019 preseason watch list calendar:Tues., July 23: Bronko Nagurski Trophy/Outland Trophy presented by NFIDWed., July 24: Lou Groza Award/Ray Guy AwardThurs., July 25: Paul Hornung Award/Wuerffel TrophyFri., July 26: Walter Camp AwardAbout the Football Writers Association of AmericaFounded in 1941, the non-profit Football Writers Association of America (FWAA) consists of more than 1,300 members, including journalists, broadcasters, publicists and key executives in all areas of college football. Led by current President Matt Fortuna of The Athletic, longtime Executive Director Steve Richardson, and a board of veteran journalists, the association continues to grow and work to help college football prosper at all levels. Visit footballwriters.com for more information about the FWAA and its award programs.About the Charlotte Touchdown ClubThe Charlotte Touchdown Club is a non-profit organization founded in 1991 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 1991, 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 jrocco@touchdownclub.com). The official website of the Charlotte Touchdown Club is touchdownclub.com.


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