Oct. 23, 2007
Dallas, Texas - Adding to his accolades following a superb performance in Vanderbilt's 17-6 upset at sixth-ranked South Carolina, sophomore cornerback D.J. Moore has been named the FWAA/Bronko Nagurski National Defensive Player of the Week by the Football Writers Association of America.
Moore, a 5-10, 175-pound sophomore from Broome H.S, in Spartanburg, S.C., had two interceptions and added a team high eight tackles (five unassisted) in Vanderbilt's stunning road win. One of Moore's interceptions was in the end zone and thwarted the Gamecocks' best scoring drive; the other led to the Commodores' first scoring drive. He also was explosive on kickoff returns, gaining 104 yards on three attempts.
Vanderbilt's victory at South Carolina was over its highest ranked opponent in 70 years, since beating sixth-ranked LSU in 1937.
Moore keeps adding to his accolades. On Sunday, he was named Walter Camp Football Foundation's National Defensive Player of the Week. The Southeastern Conference recognized Moore as its Defensive Player of the Week on Monday.
Moore will be added to the 2007 Bronko Nagurski Trophy Watch List. The Bronko Nagurski Trophy will be presented to the best defensive player in college football on Dec. 3 by the FWAA and the Charlotte Touchdown Club at the Westin Hotel in Charlotte, N.C. Each week during the 2007 season the FWAA All-America Committee will select a national defensive player of the week from nominations made by the 11 Division I Bowl Subdivision Conferences and major independents. In 2006, Ohio State linebacker James Laurinaitis won the coveted Bronko Nagurski Trophy during the 12th season the FWAA has named a Defensive Player of the Year.
The Football Writers Association of America, a non-profit organization founded in 1941, consists of more than 1,000 men and women across North America who cover college football for a living. The membership includes journalists, broadcasters and publicists, as well as key executives in all the areas that involve the game. The FWAA works to govern areas that include game day operations, major awards, a national poll and its annual All-America team.
The Charlotte Touchdown Club is a non-profit organization founded in 1990 for the purpose of promoting high school, collegiate, and professional football in the Charlotte, N.C. region. The club's activities and services focus community attention on the outstanding citizenship, scholarship, sportsmanship, and leadership of area athletes and coaches. For more information, contact John Rocco (704-347-2918 or firstname.lastname@example.org). The official website of the Charlotte Touchdown Club is www.touchdownclub.com.
For more information on the Bronko Nagurski Trophy, contact FWAA executive director Steve Richardson (972-713-6198 or email@example.com).
2007 Bronko Nagurski National Defensive Players of the Week:
Sept. 1: Pig Brown, Missouri
Sept. 8: Nate Allen, South Florida
Sept. 15: Robert Johnson, Utah
Sept. 22: Larry English, Northern Illinois
Sept. 29: Ben Moffitt, South Florida
Oct. 6: Eric Norwood, South Carolina
Oct. 13: Mike Humpal, Iowa
Oct. 20: D.J. Moore, Vanderbilt