Two standout West Virginia defensive players are on the recently announced Bronko Nagurski Trophy Watch List for the 2006 season. Only 56 players are on this year's preseason list for the Trophy, which is awarded to the best defensive player in college football.
Mountaineer linebacker Kevin McLee
and spur/bandit Eric Wicks
are WVU's nominees for the award. The pair make up one-third of the Big East's representatives, joining Pitt's H.B. Blades
and Darrelle Revis
, Rutgers' Courtney Greene
and South Florida
's Stephen Nicholas
The 2006 award will be presented on Monday, Dec. 4, at the Westin Hotel in Charlotte, where five finalists will vie for the prize. Louisville defensive end Elvis Dumervil won the 2005 Bronko Nagurski Trophy.
The FWAA All-America Committee selects the Bronko Nagurski winner from the association's 11-man All-America defensive team in late November. Players may be added from the Bronko Nagurski Watch List during the course of the 2005 season.
For the sixth straight season, the FWAA will select Bronko Nagurski National Defensive Players of the Week, beginning with games the week of Sept. 2 and running through the middle of November. Each national player of the week will be added to the trophy's watch list throughout the season.