Peppers Named Finalist for Bronko Nagurski Trophy

DALLAS, TX --North Carolina defensive end Julius Peppers was one of five finalists named on Tuesday for the Bronko Nagurski Trophy, which is awarded annually to the best defensive player in college football.

Peppers has 58 tackles, including 18 tackles for loss and 8.5 sacks this season. He is three sacks shy of Greg Ellis's school career record of 32.5 sacks. Peppers also leads the Tar Heels with three interceptions and has scored one touchdown.

The other finalists are Syracuse defensive end Dwight Freeney, Florida defensive end Alex Brown, Oklahoma linebacker Rocky Calmus and Sooners safety Roy Williams.

The FWAA (Football Writers Association of America) and the Charlotte Touchdown Club will award the Bronko Nagurski Trophy on Dec. 10 at a banquet in Charlotte, N.C. The FWAA has presented a Defensive Player of the Year Award since 1993.

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