The 6-foot-2, 244-pound senior linebacker amassed 156 tackles as a sophomore in 2000 and 145 tackles in 2001. Both totals led the Big 12.
For his efforts last season, Flugence was named to the Associated Press All-America third team. He also earned several first- and second-team All-Big 12 nods.
The 800-member FWAA selects the Bronko Nagurski Trophy Watch List candidates, identifies players of the week and names the trophy winner.
The Charlotte Touchdown Club, a non-profit organization that raises funds for scholarships, has presented the trophy each year since 1995.
Past winners include Warren Sapp (Miami), Charles Woodson (Michigan), Champ Bailey (Georgia) and Roy Williams (Oklahoma).