Petty Captures Bronko Nagurski National Defens
BY ANDRES FOCIL
DALLAS – Arkansas linebacker Jermaine Petty was named the Bronko Nagurski Defensive Player of the Week on Monday by a panel of FWAA members for the second time in three weeks.
The FWAA (Football Writers Association of America) and the Charlotte Touchdown Club picked a Defensive Player of the Week for 10 weeks this season. Petty is already on the Watch List for the Bronko Nagurski Trophy which will be presented on Dec. 10 in Charlotte, N.C. , by the FWAA and the Charlotte Touchdown Club.
Petty, a 6-2, 257-pound senior, made 14 tackles, including four tackles for loss (-11) in Arkansas’ 24-21 win over Mississippi State. Petty made nine unassisted tackles and earned a half sack (-3). He also had two quarterback knockdowns and a quarterback hurry.
The Inman, S.C., native also won the award earlier this season after he earned 20 tackles including the game-saving tackle in the seventh overtime in Arkansas’ 58-56 victory over Ole Miss. Petty’s tackle on Ole Miss’ Doug Zeigler on a two-point conversion attempt gave the Razorbacks a win in the longest game in college football history.
Petty is the Southeastern Conference’s leading tackler with 129 stops through 10 games this season.
Other Weekly Winners
Defensive back James King, Central Michigan
End Julius Peppers, North Carolina
Linebacker Dan Dawson, Rice
Safety Roy Williams, Oklahoma
Linebacker E.J. Henderson, Maryland
Defensive back Bob Sanders, Iowa
Linebacker Jamie Burrow, Nebraska
Linebacker Jermaine Petty, Arkansas
Defensive back Eugene Wilson, Illinois
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