The Bronko Nagurski finalists were announced Thursday and its not much of a surprise. The Nagurski is awarded to the top defensive player and honestly, any one of the five guys could win it.
Here are the finalists:
Pat Angerer, LB, Iowa: He leads the Hawkeyes with 119 total tackles (79 assisted and 40 unassisted), two tackles for loss (one sack), five passes defended and two forced fumbles.
Eric Berry, S, Tennessee: Berry has 70 tackles this season, 44 unassisted and 26 assisted. He has five tackles for loss, two interceptions and six passes broken.
Terrence Cody, DT, Alabama: Cody blocked two field goals in victory over Tennessee, including the potential game-winner as time expired. He also has 20 tackles, five for losses, one pass break-up and two quarterback hurries for the unbeaten Crimson Tide.
Jerry Hughes, DE, TCU: TCU is fourth in the country in total defense and sixth in the country in rush and pass defense and Hughes is a big reason why. He has 49 tackles, 13 tackles for loss with 10.5 sacks, one pass broken up, six quarterback hurries and one forced fumble.
Ndamukong Suh, DT, Nebraska: Leads Nebraska in tackles with 31 unassisted and 25 assisted. He has 13 tackles loss (five sacks), eight pass breakups, 19 hurries, one forced fumble and three blocked kicks.