Hughes Adds To National Honors
Oct. 21, 2008
DALLAS -- TCU defensive end Jerry Hughes has been named the Football Writers Association of America/Bronko Nagurski National Defensive Player of the Week for games the weekend of Oct. 18.
It's the second national honor for Hughes, whose four sacks and two forced fumbles led the 15th-ranked Horned Frogs to a 32-7 victory over then-No. 8 BYU. Hughes was named Sunday as the Walter Camp Football Foundation National Defensive Player of the Week. He was also the Mountain West Conference Defensive Player of the Week for the second time this season.
Hughes' four sacks tied an MWC record and were just short of TCU's single-game mark of 4.5. Hughes had three first-half sacks and finished with five total stops as the Frogs' defense held BYU to season-lows of seven points, 23 rushing yards and 297 yards of offense.
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 Bronko Nagurski Trophy will be presented to the best defensive player in college football on Dec. 7 by the FWAA and the Charlotte Touchdown Club at the Westin Hotel in Charlotte, N.C. Five finalists for the Nagurski Trophy will be announced on Nov. 17.