PISCATAWAY, N.J. (July 12, 2012) –The 2012 Bronko Nagurski Trophy Watch List features the best and brightest of the upcoming season's defensive players and Rutgers senior linebacker Khaseem Greene (Elizabeth, N.J.) is on the watch list.
Greene is coming off one of the most prolific seasons in Rutgers football history. He led the BIG EAST and ranked 12th nationally with 141 tackles en route to BIG EAST Co-Defensive Player of theYear honors. Greene ranked fifth in RU single-season history with the 141 stops and earned All-America honors from SI.com and Phil Steele.
A 2012 Preseason All-America selection, Greene was a key member of a Scarlet Knight defense that ranked among the national leaders in total defense (14th), scoring defense (8th), pass efficiency defense (5th), pass defense (9th), sacks (15th) and tackles-for-loss (8th) last season.
One of 84 players on the list most likely willreceive the Bronko Nagurski Trophy that is awarded annually to the nation'sbest defensive player by the Football Writers Association of America and the Charlotte Touchdown Club.
Players may be added or deleted from the Bronko Nagurski Watch List during the season. For the 12th consecutive season, theFWAA will choose a Bronko Nagurski National Defensive Player of the Week. If a recipient is not on the Watch List, he will be added. The FWAA and the Charlotte Touchdown Club will announce five finalists for the Bronko Nagurski Trophy on Nov. 15.
The Bronko Nagurski Trophy winner is chosen from five finalists who are part of the FWAA All-America Team. The FWAA All-America Committee, after voting input from the entire membership, selects the 25-man team and eventually the Bronko Nagurski finalists. Committee members, then by individual ballot, select the winner, the best defensive player in America.
The annual Bronko Nagurski Trophy Banquet presented by ACN will be Dec. 3 at the Westin Hotel in Charlotte, N.C. Besides the 2012 winner being announced, the banquet will also celebrate the recipient of the Bronko Nagurski Legends Award presented by Florida East Coast Railway.