Tulsa's Dexter McCoil Named to Bronko Nagurski Trophy Watch List
July 12, 2012
Dallas, Texas - University of Tulsa senior safety Dexter McCoil was one of 84 players selected to the 2012 Bronko Nagurski Trophy Watch List, a list that features the best and brightest of the upcoming season's defensive players. The Bronko Nagurski Trophy is awarded annually to the nation's best defensive player by the Football Writers Association of America and the Charlotte Touchdown Club.
A three-year letterwinner and starter for the Golden Hurricane, McCoil has played in 37 career games and has started 30 contests. He has tallied 225 career tackles, 16 pass break-ups and 13 interceptions, while totaling double-figure tackles in six career games. McCoil's 13 pick-offs ties the school's all-time interception record.
Last year, McCoil totaled had 84 tackles, seven pass break-ups and 6 interceptions for 131 yards in 13 starts. He earned second-team all-C-USA honors and was named the Tulsa MVP of the Bell Helicopter Armed Forces Bowl. In that game against BYU, McCoil totaled 10 tackles, two interceptions for 37 yards and one pass break-up.
Players may be added or deleted from the Bronko Nagurski Watch List during the season. For the 12th consecutive season, the FWAA will choose a Bronko Nagurski National Defensive Player of the Week. If a recipient is not on the Watch List, he will be added. The FWAA and the Charlotte Touchdown Club will announce five finalists for the Bronko Nagurski Trophy on Nov. 15.
The Bronko Nagurski Trophy winner is chosen from five finalists who are part of the FWAA All-America Team. The FWAA All-America Committee, after voting input from the entire membership, selects the 25-man team and eventually the Bronko Nagurski finalists. Committee members, then by individual ballot, select the winner, the best defensive player in America.
The annual Bronko Nagurski Trophy Banquet presented by ACN will be Dec. 3 at the Westin Hotel in Charlotte, N.C. Besides the 2012 winner being announced, the banquet will also celebrate the recipient of the Bronko Nagurski Legends Award presented by Florida East Coast Railway. Nebraska's Larry Jacobson, an end from the FWAA's 1971 All-American team, will be honored. Notre Dame head coach Brian Kelly will be the keynote speaker at the banquet.
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