Ferguson Named to Bronko Nagurski Trophy Watch List
July 13, 2017
DALLAS - For the second time this week, Louisiana Tech defensive end Jaylon Ferguson has been named to a preseason watch list, as the redshirt junior was named to the 2017 Bronko Nagurski Trophy Watch List, it was announced Thursday morning by the Football Writers Association of America.
On Monday, Ferguson was also honored by being named to the 2017 Chuck Bednarik Award Watch List. The Nagurski Trophy watch list includes 30 defensive backs, 29 linebackers, 25 defensive ends and 19 defensive tackles.
In 2016, Ferguson recorded a single-season school record 14.5 sacks for a loss of 89 yards and 49 total tackles with 16 tackles for loss. Ferguson also ranked sixth in FBS and first in Conference USA in sacks per game (1.04), while he also ranked first in C-USA in fumbles recovered and second in forced fumbles per game (0.29).
Ferguson enters his redshirt junior season ranked fourth in the NCAA among active career leaders in total sacks per game with an average of 0.79, while he is ranked fifth with 1.19 tackles for loss per game in his career. He is also ranked third in Louisiana Tech history with 20.5 career sacks.
Players may be added or removed from the watch list during the course of the season. As in previous seasons, the FWAA will announce a National Defensive Player of the Week each Tuesday throughout the 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 2017 Bronko Nagurski Trophy on Thurs., Nov. 16.
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.
The annual Bronko Nagurski Trophy Banquet, presented by ACN, will be held on Monday, 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. Notre Dame’s Ross Browner, a member of the FWAA’s 1976 and 1977 All-America Teams, the 1976 Outland Trophy winner and a College Football Hall of Famer, will be honored. Georgia head coach Kirby Smart will be the keynote speaker at the banquet.
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 college football’s most prestigious awards. Founded in 1997, the NCFAA and its 23 awards now boast over 800 recipients, dating to 1935. Visit ncfaa.org to learn more about our story.
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