Alabama's Minkah Fitzpatrick, Georgia's Roquan Smith named Nagurski Trophy finalists

Alabama's Minkah Fitzpatrick, Georgia's Roquan Smith named Nagurski Trophy finalists

Could an Alabama player win a defensive player of the year honor for the second straight season?

Alabama safety Minkah Fitzpatrick and Georgia linebacker Roquan Smith are two of the five finalists for the Nagurski Trophy, presented annually to the leading defensive player in the nation.

The senior from Decorah, Iowa, now has three sacks, 9.5 tackles for a loss, seven pass break-ups, one interception, one forced fumble and one fumble recovery this season.


The Bronko Nagurski Trophy Banquet will be held on Monday, December 4, at the Charlotte Convention Center.

The 2017 Nagurski Trophy victor will be announced on Monday, Dec. 4 at the Charlotte Touchdown Club Awards Banquet in Charlotte, N.C.

Fitzpatrick's selection extends a remarkable streak for Alabama football, which has produced a Nagurski finalist in each of the past seven seasons. Head coach Kirby Smart will be the event's keynote speaker. Oliver, the lone sophomore in the group, has 10 tackles for loss. Georgia ranks fifth in scoring defense at 14.5 points per game, fifth in run defense at 103.8 rushing yards, fifth in total defense at 277.5 yards and 11th in passing defense at 173.7 yards through the air.

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