Oct. 18, 2005

DALLAS (FWAA) – Ohio State linebacker Bobby Carpenter (Lancaster, Ohio) was named the Bronko Nagurski National Defensive Player of the Week for his performance in the Buckeyes’ 35-24 win over Michigan State this past Saturday.

Carpenter, a 6-3, 255-pound senior, recorded a season-best 11 tackles and matched the Ohio State school record with four quarterback sacks. The sacks resulted in 27 yards losses for the high-powered Spartan offense.

Carpenter has been added to the Watch List for the 2005 Bronko Nagurski Trophy, which will be presented to the best defensive player in college football on Dec. 5 by the Football Writers Association of America and the Charlotte Touchdown Club. The presentation will take place at the Westin Hotel in Charlotte, N.C. Notre Dame football coach Charlie Weis will be the keynote speaker at the event this year.

For the fifth straight season, the All-America committee of the FWAA will select the winner of the weekly award on behalf of the Charlotte Touchdown Club. The winner is announced each Tuesday throughout the season from nominations made by the 11 Division I-A conferences and member schools.

Last season, Texas linebacker Derrick Johnson won the coveted Bronko Nagurski Trophy, the 10th season the FWAA has named a national defensive Player of the year.

2005 Bronko Nagurski National Defensive Players of the Week
Sept. 10: Dion Byrum, Ohio
Sept. 17: A.J. Nicholson, Florida State
Sept. 24: Ben Moffitt, South Florida
Oct. 1: Jon Abbate, Wake Forest
Oct. 8: Tim McGarigle, Northwestern
Oct. 15: Bobby Carpenter, Ohio State