Holliman a finalist for Defensive POY Award

University of Louisville safety Gerod Holliman has been named one of five finalists for the Bronko Nagurski Award, which is given to the nations top defensive player. Holliman leads the nation in interceptions with 13 for the Cardinals (7-3), who play Notre Dame on Saturday at 3:30 p.m. in South Bend, Ind.

University of Louisville junior safety Gerod Holliman is in the middle of one of the best seasons ever for a Cardinal defensive player.

Holliman leads the nation with 13 interceptions and needs just one more to tie the national mark for interceptions in a single season.

Now, Holliman is starting to reap the rewards from the stellar season.

Holliman was named one of the five finalists for the Bronko Nagurski Trophy, which is the award given to the nations top defender. The other finalists: %%MATCH_12%% defensive tackle Malcom Brown, %%MATCH_9%% defensive back Landon Collins, %%MATCH_8%% defensive back Senquez Golson, and %%MATCH_10%% linebacker Scooby Wright III.

The award will be given on Dec. 8 in %%MATCH_7%%.

The %%MATCH_11%% native has helped the Cardinals to a 7-3 mark and is trying to become the second U of L player to win the award. Elvis Dumervil won the honor in 2005.

Holliman has already surpassed the school record for picks in one season. He needs one more to tie the 46-year-old NCAA record of Al Worley from Washington in 1968.

"Gerod has had a remarkable season," U of L coach Bobby Petrino said. "He has shown an ability to read routes and make plays on the football. It’s a tribute to his understanding of the game and working within the framework of the defense.

"He’s been exciting to watch this season."

Louisville leads the nation with 22 interceptions.


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