DALLAS (FWAA) – Iowa middle linebacker Josey Jewell was a force all over the field the Hawkeyes Saturday, coming up with an interception, a fumble recovery, two pass breakups and a career-high-tying 16 total tackles despite a 21-19 loss to 4th-ranked Penn State. For his dominating play, Jewell is the FWAA/Bronko Nagurski National Defensive Player of the Week for the week of Sept. 23.
Jewell, a 6-2, 236-pound senior from Decorah, Iowa, made 11 solo tackles, three of them for losses. The 33-yard return off his fifth career interception led to Iowa’s first touchdown. Jewell now leads the Big Ten with 44 total tackles, and his season totals include two sacks, 5.5 tackles for loss, and four pass breakups, which tied for fifth in the conference. He has led Iowa in tackles in each of the last two seasons (126 in 2015, 124 in 2016), and his 345 career tackles already ranks 12th in program history.
Jewell is already on the Bronko Nagurski Watch List. The FWAA and the Charlotte Touchdown Club will announce five finalists for the 2017 Bronko Nagurski Trophy on Wed., Nov. 15. The winner will be chosen from those five finalists who are part of the 2017 FWAA All-America Team.
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 five finalists for the 2017 Bronko Nagurski Trophy on Wed., Nov. 15. The winner will be chosen from those five finalists who are part of the 2017 FWAA All-America Team.
The FWAA All-America Committee, after voting input from the association’s entire membership, selects a 26-man All-America Team and eventually the Bronko Nagurski Trophy finalists. The committee members then select the winner as the best defensive player in college football.
The annual Bronko Nagurski Trophy Banquet, presented by ACN, will be held on Mon., Dec. 4 at the Charlotte Convention Center. In addition to the 2017 Bronko Nagurski Trophy winner’s announcement, the banquet will also celebrate the recipient of the Bronko Nagurski Legends Award, sponsored by the CTC and Florida East Coast Railway.
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.
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