DALLAS (FWAA) ?- Arizona safety Michael Johnson was named the Bronko Nagurski National Defensive Player of the Week for his performance in the Wildcats' 29-27 win over Oregon State this past Saturday.
Johnson, a 6-3, 195-pound junior from Pflugerville, Texas, had three of Arizona's six interceptions, returning one of them 40 yards for a touchdown. Johnson also was credited with nine tackles, five solo. On the afternoon, the Arizona defense forced seven Oregon State turnovers.
Johnson has been added to the Watch List for the 2005 Bronko Nagurski Trophy, which will be presented to the best defensive player in college football on Dec. 5 by the Football Writers Association of America and the Charlotte Touchdown Club. The presentation will take place at the Westin Hotel in Charlotte, N.C. Notre Dame football coach Charlie Weis will be the keynote speaker at the event this year.
For the fifth straight season, the All-America committee of the FWAA will select the winner of the weekly award on behalf of the Charlotte Touchdown Club. The winner is announced each Tuesday throughout the season from nominations made by the 11 Division I-A conferences and member schools.
Last season, Texas linebacker Derrick Johnson won the coveted Bronko Nagurski Trophy, the 10th season the FWAA has named a national defensive Player of the year. Arizona tackle Rob Waldrop won the inaugural honor in 1993 as the interior force on the Cats' 'Desert Swarm' defense.
The Football Writers Association of America, a non-profit organization founded in 1941, consists of more than 900 men and women across North America who cover college football for a living. 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, a national poll and its annual All-America team.
2005 Bronko Nagurski National Defensive Players of the Week
?* Sept. 10: Dion Byrum, Ohio
?* Sept. 17: A.J. Nicholson, Florida State
?* Sept. 24: Ben Moffitt, South Florida
?* Oct. 1: Jon Abbate, Wake Forest
?* Oct. 8: Tim McGarigle, Northwestern
?* Oct. 15: Bobby Carpenter, Ohio State
?* Oct. 22: Herschel Henderson, Northwestern
?* Oct. 29: Michael Johnson, Arizona