Nov. 14, 2000
Berkeley, CA -
Cal defensive end Andre Carter was named today as one of five finalists for the 2000 Bronko Nagurski Award, given to the nation's top defensive player.
The award is considered one of the most prestigious individual awards in college football because it is voted upon by the Football Writers Association of America. It is sponsored by the Charlotte Touchdown Club.
The other finalists for the 2000 award are linebacker Dan Morgan from Miami, linebacker Levar Fisher from North Carolina State, defensive tackle John Henderson of Tennessee, defensive end Justin Smith of Missouri. All five will be flown in to Charlotte for the awards banquet on Monday, December 4. South Carolina head coach Lou Holtz will be the keynote speaker for this year's event.
Past winners of the Nagurski Award include Corey Moore of Virginia Tech in 1999, Champ Bailey of Georgia in 1998 and Charles Woodsen of Michigan in 1997.
Nagurski was an All-American defensive tackle and fullback at Minnesota. He went on to play for the Chicago Bears and is a member of the College and Pro Football Halls of Fame.
Carter is enjoying a brilliant senior season, as he has registered a school record 13 sacks and has 56 total tackles, including 42 unasssited stops. He also has forced two fumbles and recovered another. The 6-4, 265-pound senior has been projected by many to be a Top 10 draft pick in the NFL Draft next spring.