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Olajubutu Named to Bronko Nagurski Trophy Watch List

BY ANDRES FOCIL
Olajubutu Named to Bronko Nagurski Trophy Watch List

FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. – Arkansas linebacker Sam Olajubutu has been named to the watch list for the Bronko Nagurski Award, an honor recognizing the nation’s top defensive player, it was announced by the The Football Writers Association of America (FWAA).

The Razorback senior from LaGrange, Ga., is one of 56 players that have been nominated for consideration for the award given to the best defensive player in college football. Olajubutu has already been named to the watch list for both the Lott Trophy (nation’s top defensive player) and the Lombardi Award (top defensive lineman or linebacker).

“I’m pleased that Sam is being recognized among the best defensive players in the country,” Arkansas head coach Houston Nutt said. “He has come along way in his time here and he still has a lot to accomplish. He is one of our leaders on the field and we will count on him again this fall.”

Olajubutu earned honorable mention All-America honors and first-team All-Southeastern Conference accolades last season after racking up a team-leading 118 tackles, including 14.5 tackles for loss (-40) and 4.5 sacks (-22). In 2005, he recorded 14 or more tackles four times and was in double-figures five times. Olajubutu, who earned Hogwired.com Defensive Player of the Week honors four times, made a career-high 18 tackles against Auburn, which tied for the SEC single-game high, and had 16 against Alabama.

Olajubutu enters his senior season with 257 career tackles and needing only 43 stops to become just the 14th Razorback to earn 300 tackles in his collegiate career.

The Bronko Nagurski Trophy, awarded to the best defensive player in college football, has been a staple of the FWAA’s awards since 1993. It is sponsored by the Charlotte Touchdown Club, which has held the annual awards banquet since 1995.

The 2006 banquet is set for Monday, Dec. 4, at the Westin Hotel in Charlotte, N.C., where five finalists will vie for the prize. Louisville defensive end Elvis Dumervil won the 2005 Bronko Nagurski Trophy.

The FWAA All-America Committee selects the Bronko Nagurski winner from the association’s 11-man All-America defensive team in late November. Players may be added from the Bronko Nagurski Watch List during the course of the 2005 season.

For the sixth-consecutive season, the FWAA will select Bronko Nagurski National Defensive Players of the Week, beginning with games the week of Sept. 2 and running through the middle of November. Each national player of the week will beadded to the trophy’s watch list throughout the season.

2006 BRONKO NAGURSKI TROPHY PRESEASON WATCH LIST

Player, School

Pos.

Cl.

Hometown

Gaines Adams, Clemson

DE

Sr.

Greenwood, S.C.

Rufus Alexander, Oklahoma

LB

Sr.

Baton Rouge, La.

Antwan Applewhite, San Diego State

DE

Jr.

Torrance, Calif.

Brandon Archer, Kansas State

LB

Sr.

St. Paul, Minn.

Baraka Atkins, Miami, Fla.

DL

Sr.

Sarasota, Fla.

Daniel Bazuin, Central Michigan

DE

Sr.

McBain, Mich.

H.B. Blades, Pittsburgh

LB

Sr.

Plantation, Fla.

Tommy Blake, TCU

DE

Jr.

Aransas Pass, Texas

Keyonvis Bouie, Florida International

LB

Sr.

Pahokee, Fla.

Mkristo Bruce, Washington State

DE

Sr.

Renton, Wash.

Nick Bunting, Tulsa

LB

Sr.

Tulsa, Okla.

Rob Caldwell, Navy

LB

Sr.

St. John, Ind.

Adam Carriker, Nebraska

DE

Sr.

Kennewick, Wash.

Brent Curvey, Iowa State

DL

Sr.

Houston, Texas

Keyunta Dawson, Texas Tech

DE

Sr.

Shreveport, La.

Joe Garcia, Nevada

DB

Sr.

Westminster, Calif.

Courtney Greene, Rutgers

DB

So.

New Rochelle, N.Y.

Michael Griffin, Texas

S

Sr.

Austin, Texas

Korey Hall, Boise State

LB

Sr.

Glenns Ferry, Idaho

Leon Hall, Michigan

CB

Sr.

Vista, Calif.

Vince Hall, Virginia Tech

LB

Jr.

Chesapeake, Va.

Marcus Hamilton, Virginia

CB

Sr.

Centreville, Va.

Will Herring, Auburn

LB

Sr.

Opelika, Ala.

David Herron, Michigan State

LB

Sr.

Warren, Ohio

Loren Howard, Arizona State

DE

Sr.

Scottsdale, Ariz.

Daymeion Hughes, California

CB

Sr.

Los Angles, Calif.

Lawrence Jackson, USC

DE

Jr.

Inglewood, Calif.

Cameron Jensen, BYU

LB

Sr.

Bountiful, Utah

Jeremy Jones, UTEP

LB

Sr.

San Jose, Calif.

LaRon Landry, LSU

FS

Sr.

Ama, La.

Marcus McCauley, Fresno State

CB

Sr.

Sacramento, Calif.

Kevin McLee, West Virginia

LB

Sr.

Uniontown, Pa.

Larry McSwain, UAB

DE

Sr.

Vigor, Ala.

Brandon Mebane, California

DT

Sr.

Los Angles, Calif.

Brandon Meriweather, Miami, Fla.

DB

Sr.

Apopka, Fla.

Quentin Moses, Georgia

DE

Sr.

Athens, Ga.

J.D. Nelson, Oregon

FS

Sr.

Mountain View, Calif.

Stephen Nicholas, South Florida

LB

Sr.

Jacksonville, Fla.

Sam Olajubutu, Arkansas

LB

Sr.

LaGrange, Ga.

Chase Ortiz, TCU

DE

Jr.

League City, Texas

Sabby Piscitelli, Oregon State

S

Sr.

Boca Raton, Fla.

Quinn Pitcock, Ohio State

DT

Sr.

Piqua, Ohio

Paul Posluszny, Penn State

LB

Sr.

Aliquippa, Pa.

Darrelle Revis, Pittsburgh

DB

Jr.

Aliquippa, Pa.

Brandon Siler, Florida

LB

Jr.

Orlando, Fla.

Brian Smith, Missouri

DE

Sr.

Denton, Texas

Aqib Talib, Kansas

CB

So.

Richardson, Texas

Kelly Talavou, Utah

DL

Sr.

Santa Ana, Calif.

Thaddaeus Washington, Colorado

LB

Sr.

Marrero, La.

Anthony Waters, Clemson

LB

Sr.

Lake View, S.C.

Eric Weddle, Utah

DB

Sr.

Alta Loma, Calif.

John Wendling, Wyoming

S

Sr.

Rock Springs, Wyo.

Eric Wicks, West Virginia

DB

Sr.

Pittsburgh, Pa.

Patrick Willis, Mississippi

LB

Sr.

Bruceton, Tenn.

LaMarr Woodley, Michigan

LB

Sr.

Saginaw, Mich.

Tom Zbikowski, Notre Dame

DB

Sr.

Arlington Heights, Ill.

Players may be added or deleted from the list before or during the season



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