July 10, 2014
IOWA CITY, Iowa -- University of Iowa defensive tackle Carl Davis has been named to the 2014 Bronko Nagurski Trophy Watch List. Davis is one 81 Division I players nominated for the award, which is presented to the national defensive player of the year. The Football Writers Association of America (FWAA) released the watch list Thursday.
Davis, a 6-foot-5, 315-pound senior defensive tackle, garnered second team All-Big Ten honors from league coaches last season following a campaign that was highlighted by a combined 42 tackles. His 2014 preseason honors include fourth-team All-America and first-team All-Big Ten by Athlon Sports, and third-team All-America and second-team All-Big Ten by Phil Steele.
The FWAA will choose a Bronko Nagurski National Defensive Player of the Week each Tuesday throughout the season and, in conjunction with the Charlotte Touchdown Club, announce five finalists for the 2014 Bronko Nagurski Trophy on Nov. 20. The winner will be announced Dec. 8 at the Bronko Nagurski Trophy Banquet in Charlotte, N.C.
The Bronko Nagurski Trophy winner will be chosen from those five finalists who are part of the 2014 FWAA All-America Team. The FWAA All-America Committee, after voting input from the association's entire membership, selects the 26-man All-America Team and eventually the Nagurski finalists. Committee members, then by individual ballot, select the winner, the best defensive player in America.
Founded in 1941, the FWAA consists of the 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 also sponsors scholarships for aspiring writers and an annual writing contest. Behind the leadership of President Kirk Bohls and Executive Director Steve Richardson and a board of veteran journalists, the FWAA continues to grow and work to help college football prosper at all levels.
The Hawkeyes open the 2014 season at home against Northern Iowa on Aug. 30 inside Kinnick Stadium. Tickets are available for purchase by contacting the UI Athletics Ticket Office at (800) IA-HAWKS and online at hawkeyesports.com.