Sept. 18, 2000
Seattle, WA - Washington junior nose tackle Larry Tripplett was named the third winner of the Bronko Nagurski National Defensive Player of the Week Award on Monday by the Football Writers Association of America. Tripplett was also honored as the Pac-10 Conference's defensive player of the week.
In Washington,s 17-14 upset victory at Colorado last Saturday, Tripplett had a team-high eight tackles (six unassisted), including three quarterback sacks for 19 yards in losses. Tripplett, a junior from Los Angeles, also recovered a fumble on Colorado,s last drive with 48 seconds to play to seal the win. The Washington defense allowed just 69 yards rushing and posted six quarterback sacks for 44 yards in losses. Colorado's offense crossed midfield just two times.
The Bronko Nagurski National Defensive Player of the Week is selected by a panel of writers from the FWAA. The FWAA also names the best defensive player in college football at the end of the season. The recipient receives the Bronko Nagurski Trophy at a banquet which is hosted by the Charlotte Touchdown Club on Dec. 4 in Charlotte, N.C.
Nebraska linebacker Carlos Polk was named the second winner of the Bronko Nagurski National Defensive Player of the Week award for his performance in the Cornhuskers, 27-24 overtime victory over Notre Dame. In week one, Rice strong safety Travis Ortega, posted a career-high 15 tackles in Rice's 30-27 overtime victory over Houston to win the award.