The Bronko Nagurski Trophy is the most prestigious award for college football defensive players. The trophy was introduced in 1993 and is rewarded to the nastiest, meanest and most productive defender in the country. Notre Dame linebacker Manti Te'o took home the award last season.
The Football Writers Association of America has announced this year's candidates with a watch list that includes 81 players. Nearly every great defender you can think of has been included. It is an abundance of linebackers, defensive linemen and defensive backs.
Who has the best shot to win the award this season?
It really comes down to one SEC pass-rusher and then everybody else.