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Sept. 27, 2011
DALLAS (FWAA) - Georgia Tech linebacker Jeremiah Attaochu has been named the FWAA/Bronko Nagurski National Defensive Player of the Week for games of the weekend of Sept. 24.
Attaochu, a 6-2, 235-pound sophomore from Washington, D.C., had a career-high nine tackles, including three sacks for 23 yards in losses. The native Nigerian also forced a fumble and a broke up one pass in Georgia Tech's 35-28 victory over North Carolina. Attaochu ended North Carolina's comeback hopes when he sacked Bryn Renner on the final play of the game.
Attaochu will be added to the 2011 Bronko Nagurski Trophy Watch List. The Bronko Nagurski Trophy will be presented to the best defensive player in college football on Dec. 12 by the FWAA and the Charlotte Touchdown Club at the Westin Hotel in Charlotte, N.C. The keynote address will be given by Georgia head coach Mark Richt and Florida's Jack Youngblood from the Class of 1970 will receive this year's Bronko Nagurski Legends Award. Five finalists for the Nagurski Trophy will be announced on Nov. 17.
Each week during the 2011 season the FWAA All-America Committee has selected a national defensive player of the week from nominations made by the 11 Division I Bowl Subdivision Conferences and major independents.
Last season, Clemson defensive end Da'Quan Bowers won the coveted Bronko Nagurski Trophy during the 16th season the FWAA named a national defensive player of the year.
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2011 Bronko Nagurski National Defensive Players of the Week
• Sept. 3: Nordly Capi, Colorado State
• Sept. 10: Ja'Gared Davis, SMU
• Sept. 17: Javon Harris, Oklahoma
• Sept. 24: Jeremiah Attaochu, Georgia Tech