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
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.