Bowers Wins Nagurski Award
By fitsnews • on December 7, 2010Comment Email Print ShareThis
Let’s face it … 2010 was a very disappointing year for the Clemson Tigers’ football team.
After winning nine games and making it to the Atlantic Coast Conference championship game in head coach Dabo Swinney’s first full season a year ago, this year’s Tiger team finished just 6-6. In fact, they’ll have to beat South Florida in the less-than-illustrious Meineke Car Care Bowl on December 31 if they hope to salvage a winning season.
You can’t blame the Tigers’ woes on their defensive unit, however, which finished 9th among all NCAA Division I-A programs this year in points allowed per game.
The anchor of that defense? Defensive end Da’Quan Bowers, who on Monday won the 2010 Bronko Nagurski Trophy as the best defensive player in college football. A 6-foot-4, 275-pound junior from Bamberg, S.C., Bowers led the nation this year with 15.5 sacks. He also ranked second nationally with 25 tackles for losses.