Nagurski Winners, Best Defensive Player

    The Nagurski winners: Who’s 2015’s best college football defensive player? Who were the top ten defensive players?

    December 10, 2015


    Who was the best defensive player in college football in 2015?


    Bronko Nagurski Award

    Presented to the nation’s most outstanding defensive player by the Charlotte Touchdown Club

    Bronko Nagurski Award Finalists

    S Jeremy Cash, Sr. Duke
    DE Shaq Lawson, Jr. Clemson
    LB Tyler Matakevich, Sr. Temple
    DE Carl Nassib, Sr. Penn State
    LB Reggie Ragland, Sr. Alabama

    Who won? Matakevich

    Fiu’s Ballot 1. Nassib, 2. Ragland, 3. Cash, 4. Matakevich, 5. Lawson

    Best Player Not A Finalist: CB Desmond King, Jr. Iowa

    Ten Best Defensive Players of 2015

    1. DE Carl Nassib, Sr. Penn State
    2. LB Reggie Ragland, Sr. Alabama
    3. CB Desmond King, Jr. Iowa
    4. DT A’Shawn Robinson, Jr. Alabama
    5. S Jeremy Cash, Sr. Duke
    6. DE Myles Garrett, Soph. Texas A&M
    7. LB Jaylon Smith, Jr. Notre Dame
    8. LB Kentrell Brothers, Sr. Missouri
    9. LB Tyler Matakevich, Sr. Temple
    10. CB Jalen Ramsey, Jr. Florida State

    Bronko Nagurski Winners

    2014 Scooby Wright, LB. Arizona
    2013 Aaron Donald, DT Pitt
    2012 Manti Te’o, LB Notre Dame
    2011 Luke Kuechly, LB Boston College
    2010 Da’Quan Bowers, DE Clemson
    2009 Ndamukong Suh, DT Nebraska
    2008 Brian Orakpo, DE Texas
    2007 Glenn Dorsey, DT LSU
    2006 James Laurinaitis, LB Ohio State
    2005 Elvis Dumervil, DE Louisville
    2004 Derrick Johnson, LB Texas
    2003 Derrick Strait, CB Oklahoma
    2002 Terrell Suggs, DE Arizona State
    2001 Roy Williams, S Oklahoma
    2000 Dan Morgan, LB Miami
    1999 Corey Moore, DE Virginia Tech
    1998 Champ Bailey, CB Georgia
    1997 Charles Woodson, CB Michigan
    1996 Pat Fitzgerald, LB Northwestern
    1995 Pat Fitzgerald, LB Northwestern
    1994 Warren Sapp, DT Miami
    1993 Rob Waldrop, DL Arizona

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