June 8, 2006
AUBURN - Senior linebacker Will Herring has been named to the Bronko Nagurski Watch List, the Football Writers Association of America announced on Thursday.
Herring, also on the watch list for the Lott Trophy this season, led the Tigers with 69 tackles in 2005 and was awarded a spot on the Coaches' and Associated Press All-SEC second teams.
The Opelika, Ala., native's awards extend to his off the field activities as well as Herring was named to the AFCA Good Works Team and the SEC Good Works Team Player of the Week in 2005. In addition, he was named the SEC Defensive Player of the Week on Sept. 10, 2005 as a junior.
Fifty-six of the nation's top defensive players have been named to the Bronko Nagurski Trophy Watch List. The award will be presented to the best defensive player in college football on Dec. 4, 2006 in Charlotte, N.C. Last season's honor went to Elvis Dumervil of Louisville.
The FWAA All-America Committee selects the Bronko Nagurski winner from the association's 11-man All-America defensive team in late November. Players may be added from the Bronko Nagurski Watch List during the course of the 2006 season.
For the sixth straight season, the FWAA will select Bronko Nagurski National Defensive Players of the Week, beginning with games the week of Sept. 2 and running through the middle of November. Each national player of the week will be added to the trophy's watch list throughout the season.