Kansas Cornerback Named to Nagurski Watch

By: From: KU Sports Information
By: From: KU Sports Information

LAWRENCE, Kan. – Kansas cornerback Aqib Talib has been named to the Bronko Nagurski Trophy preseason watch list it was announced by the Football Writers Association of America on Tuesday.

The award goes to the best defensive player in college football and is sponsored by The Charlotte Touchdown Club. In all 49 players have been tabbed to the preseason watch list.

Talib, a junior-to-be from Richardson, Texas, led the nation in passes defended a year ago with 2.80 per game. He also tied for the lead in the Big 12 Conference with six interceptions, while making 42 total tackles.

For his efforts in 2006 he was named a first-team all-conference selection while earning second-team All-America honors by SI.com. This year Talib has also been named a preseason All-America by Playboy magazine.

“Aqib is very deserving to be on this list,” said Kansas head coach Mark Mangino. “He is preparing himself to have an outstanding season.”

The FWAA All-America Committee selects the Bronko Nagurski winner from the association’s 11-man All-America defensive team in November. The watch list was developed by the FWAA All-America committee with the help of the schools and conferences.

The Charlotte Touchdown Club will hold the 2007 banquet on Monday, Dec. 3, at the Westin Hotel in Charlotte. Ohio State linebacker James Laurinaitis won the 2006 Bronko Nagurski Trophy.

For the seventh straight season, the FWAA will also select a Bronko Nagurski National Defensive Player of the Week beginning with games on Sept. 1 through mid-November.

The Bronko Nagurski Trophy is awarded in memory of the legendary Nagurski, a former All-America lineman at Minnesota in 1927-29 and a star for professional football’s Chicago Bears in the 1930s.

Kansas will open its 2007 season hosting defending Mid-American Conference champion Central Michigan on Sept. 1. Season tickets are available through the ticket office at 1-800-34-HAWKS or through the department's website at kuathletics.com.

2007 Bronko Nagurski Watch List

Tommy Blake, TCU
DE
Sr.
Aransas Pass, Texas

Jasper Brinkley, South Carolina
LB
Sr.
Thomson, Ga.

Calais Campbell, Miami
DE
Jr.
Denver, Colo.

Antoine Cason, Arizona
CB
Sr.
Long Beach, Calif.

Matt Castelo, San Jose State
LB
Sr.
San Jose, Calif.

Barry Church, Toledo
FS
So.
Pittsburgh, Pa.

Joe Clermond, Pittsburgh
DE
Sr.
Tampa, Fla.

Tyler Clutts, Fresno State
DE
Sr.
Clovis, Calif.

Dan Connor, Penn State
LB
Sr.
Wallingford, Pa.

Shawn Crable, Michigan
LB
Sr.
Massillon, Ohio

Maurice Crum, Notre Dame
LB
Sr.
Riverview, Fla.

Bruce Davis, UCLA
DE
Sr.
Houston, Texas

Quintin Demps, UTEP
FS
Sr.
San Antonio, Texas

Derrick Doggett, Oregon State
LB
Sr.
San Diego, Calif.

Glenn Dorsey, LSU
DT
Sr.
Gonzales, La.

Jolonn Dunbar, Boston College
LB
Sr.
Syracuse, N.Y.

Larry English, Northern Illinois
DE
Jr.
Aurora, Ill.

Eric Foster, Rutgers
DT
Sr.
Homestead, Fla.

Drew Fowler, Air Force
LB
Sr.
Clayton, N.C.

Stanley Franks, Idaho
CB
Sr.
Long Beach, Calif.

Adrian Grady, Louisville
DT
Jr.
Nichollsville, Ga.

Courtney Greene, Rutgers
S
Jr.
New Rochelle, N.Y.

Quentin Groves, Auburn
DE
Sr.
Greenville, Miss.

Vince Hall, Virginia Tech
LB
Sr.
Chesapeake, Va.

Erin Henderson, Maryland
LB
Jr.
Aberdeen, Md.

Matt Hines, Nevada
DT
Sr.
Modesto, Calif.

Tyrell Johnson, Arkansas State
S
Sr.
Rison, Ark.

Jeremy Jones, UTEP
LB
Sr.
San Jose, Calif.

James Laurinaitis, Ohio State
LB
Jr.
Hamel, Minn.

Derek Lokey, Texas
DT
Sr.
Denton, Texas

Chris Long, Virginia
DE
Sr.
Ivy, Va.

Dwight Lowery, San Jose State
CB
Sr.
Santa Cruz, Calif.

Jameel McClain, Syracuse
DE
Sr.
Philadelphia, Pa.

Albert McClellan, Marshall
DE
Jr.
Lakeland, Fla.

Gerald McRath, Southern Miss
LB
So.
Powder Springs, Ga.

Rey Maualuga, USC
LB
Jr.
Eureka, Calif.

Jerod Mayo, Tennessee
LB
Jr.
Hampton, Va.

Ben Moffitt, South Florida
LB
Sr.
Bushnell, Fla.

Jesse Nading, Colorado State
DE
Sr.
Highlands Ranch, Colo.

Chase Ortiz, TCU
DE
Sr.
League City, Texas

Brian Raines, Rice
LB
Jr.
Missouri City, Texas

Keith Rivers, USC
LB
Sr.
Lake Mary, Fla.

Reggie Smith, Oklahoma
SS
Jr.
Edmond, Okla.

Aqib Talib, Kansas
CB
Jr.
Richardson, Texas

Steve Tate, Utah
FS
Sr.
Salt Lake City, Utah

Philip Wheeler, Georgia Tech
LB
Sr.
Columbus, Ga.

Wesley Woodyard, Kentucky
LB
Sr.
LaGrange, Ga.

Tom Zbikowski, Notre Dame
S
Sr.
Arlington Heights, Ill.


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