Vontae Davis Named to Bronko Nagurski List

DALLAS (FWAA) - University of Illinois junior cornerback Vontae Davis was named to the preseason Watch List for the 2008 Bronko Nagurski Trophy. The Football Writers Association of America announced the list for the trophy, which is awarded to the best defensive player in college football and sponsored by the Charlotte Touchdown Club.

Davis was a first-team All-Big Ten selection in his second season as a starter last season, while also making the semifinal list for the Thorpe Award, given to the nation's best defensive back. In two seasons, he has compiled 128 tackles, five interceptions, 14 passes broken up and 6.5 tackles for loss.

The FWAA All-America Committee selects the Bronko Nagurski Trophy winner from the association's 11-man All-America defensive team in November. The watch list was developed by the FWAA All-America committee with the help of the schools and conferences.

The Charlotte Touchdown Club will hold the 2008 banquet on Sunday, Dec. 7, at the Westin Hotel in Charlotte. For the eighth straight season, the FWAA will also pick a Bronko Nagurski Defensive Player of the Week beginning with games on Aug. 30 and running through the middle of November. And a Bronko Nagurski Legends Award winner will also be selected from the FWAA's 1967 All-America team.

The Bronko Nagurski Trophy has been presented since 1993 and is awarded in memory of the legendary Nagurski, a former All-America lineman at Minnesota in 1927-29 and a star for professional football's Chicago Bears in the 1930s.

The 2007 Nagurski Trophy winner, LSU defensive tackle Glenn Dorsey, was selected No. 5 overall by the Kansas City Chiefs in the 2008 NFL Draft. The two other 2007 Nagurski finalists also fared well in the NFL Draft: Virginia end Chris Long went No. 2 overall to the St. Louis Rams and Kansas defensive back Aqib Talib was the No. 20 overall selection by the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.

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