OU's Williams Nabs Nagurski Award

Oklahoma's Roy Williams was honored for the second time this postseason when the junior strong safety was named as the recipient of the 2001 Bronko Nagurski Award Monday night, which goes to the nation's top collegiate defensive player.

Williams, who was awarded the Jim Thorpe Award last week as the country's top defensive back, edged out fellow Sooner teammate Rocky Calmus, North Carolina's Julius Peppers, Florida's Alex Brown and Syracuse's Dwight Freeney who were all finalist for the award. The honor is given annually by the Charlotte Touchdown Club and the Football Writers Association of America and was last bestowed to a defensive back in 1998 when Georgia's Champ Bailey took home the trophy.

The honor adds to a string of 2001 accolades for the Union City, Calif., native who has also been named to numerous All-American teams and designated as the Associated Press Big 12 Conference Defensive Player of the Year.

Williams, who finished the 2001 regular season with 101 tackles, 10 tackles for loss, 22 pass deflections and a team high five interceptions, helped lead a Sooner defense that finished fourth in the nation in both total and scoring defense. This season he became the school's single-season and career passes broken up leader.

Williams will lead the Oklahoma Sooners against the Arkansas Razorbacks in the Cotton Bowl on Jan. 1.

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