Notre Dame’s Tillery is BRONKO NAGURSKI National Defensive Player of the Week

Oct. 2, 2018
For Immediate Release
Contact: Steve Richardson

Senior tackle leads impressive win over Stanford


DALLAS (FWAA) – Notre Dame defensive tackle Jerry Tillery continued his torment of opposing quarterbacks against Stanford, tying a school record with four sacks and flustering the Cardinal backfield in the Irish’s 38-17 win. For helping Notre Dame hold Stanford to just 31 total yards and three points in the second half, Tillery has earned the Bronko Nagurski National Defensive Player of the Week honor for games of the weekend of Sept. 29, as selected by the Football Writers Association of America.

The 6-6, 305-pound senior from Shreveport, La., has been a consistent force along the Irish defensive front. In addition to corralling four of Notre Dame’s five sacks, Tillery had six total tackles against Stanford, forced a fumble and had two quarterback hurries. Tillery, with 32 career starts, is on an impressive tear of late, in that 8.5 of his 12.5 career sacks have come in his last seven starts (five this season, two last year).

Tillery is tied for the national lead with 7.0 sacks through five starts in 2018, including a national-best 5.0 solo sacks. Tillery is fourth in yardage lost by way of sacks (minus-45 yards). The three-year letterman is also tied for 19th nationally with 7.5 tackles for loss on the season, costing opponents an additional 45 yards in losses. His three forced fumbles are also tied for the national lead.

Tillery’s four solo sacks against Stanford equaled the Notre Dame record accomplished most recently by Victor Abiamiri – also against Stanford – in 2005 and matched by Justin Tuck twice in games against Stanford in 2003 and Pitt in 2002.

Each Tuesday during the regular season, the FWAA has selected a Bronko Nagurski National Defensive Player of the Week since 2001. Tillery is on Bronko Nagurski Trophy Watch List. The FWAA and the Charlotte Touchdown Club will announce five finalists for the 2018 Bronko Nagurski Trophy on Wed., Nov. 14. The winner will be chosen from those five finalists who are part of the 2018 FWAA All-America Team.

The FWAA All-America Committee, after voting input from the association’s entire membership, selects a 26-man All-America Team and eventually the Bronko Nagurski Trophy finalists. The committee members then select the winner as the best defensive player in college football.

The annual Bronko Nagurski Trophy Banquet, presented by ACN, will be held on Mon., Dec. 3 at the Charlotte Convention Center. In addition to the 2018 Bronko Nagurski Trophy winner’s announcement, the banquet will also celebrate the recipient of the Bronko Nagurski Legends Award, sponsored by Rolle Oral & Facial Surgery.

The FWAA has chosen a National Defensive Player of the Year since 1993. In 1995, the FWAA named the award in honor of the legendary two-way player from the University of Minnesota. Nagurski dominated college football then became a star for professional football’s Chicago Bears in the 1930s. Bronislaw “Bronko” Nagurski is a charter member of both the College Football and Pro Football Halls of Fame.

The Bronko Nagurski Trophy is a member of the National College Football Awards Association (NCFAA) which encompasses the most prestigious awards in college football. Visit ncfaa.org to learn more about our story.

About the Football Writers Association of America:
Founded in 1941, the FWAA consists of 1,400 men and women who cover college football. The membership includes journalists, broadcasters and publicists, as well as key executives in all the areas that involve the game. The FWAA works to govern areas that include game-day operations, major awards and its annual All-America team. For more information about the FWAA and its award programs, contact Steve Richardson at tiger@fwaa.com.

The Charlotte Touchdown Club is a non-profit organization founded in 1991 for the purpose of promoting high school, collegiate, and professional football in the Charlotte, N.C., region. The club’s activities and services focus community attention on the outstanding citizenship, scholarship, sportsmanship, and leadership of area athletes and coaches. Since 1991, the club has raised more than $2,000,000 to benefit area high school and collegiate athletics. For more information, contact John Rocco (704-347-2918 or jrocco@touchdownclub.mysites.io). The official website of the Charlotte Touchdown Club is touchdownclub.mysites.io.

ACN, Inc.
Founded in 1993, ACN is the world’s largest direct seller of telecommunications, energy and essential services for residential and business customers. ACN provides the services people need and use every day including phone service, high-speed internet, wireless, television, security and automation, computer support, payment processing and natural gas and electricity. ACN operates in 25 countries with offices located throughout North America, Europe, Latin America, Asia and the Pacific. For more information, visit myacn.com. For information on ACN’s home-based business opportunity, visit acninc.com.

Rolle Oral & Facial Surgery
Dr. Richard R. Rolle Jr. is a leading oral & maxillofacial surgeon, with strong ties to athletics and delivering excellence www.rolleoralfacialsurgery.com. Rolle Oral & Facial Surgery offers expertise in: dental implants, wisdom tooth extraction, youth-capturing, cosmetic injectables, oral surgery and cleft lip reconstruction in his Lake Norman, North Carolina practice. Dr. Rolle holds a B.A. from the University of Notre Dame where he played varsity football under legendary Coach Lou Holtz. He completed his oral surgery internship at Harvard’s Massachusetts General Hospital and holds a Doctor of Dental Surgery from Meharry Medical College. Rolle Oral & Facial Surgery is the official surgeon for the Charlotte Hornets, Charlotte Checkers and Charlotte 49ers.

2018 Bronko Nagurski National Defensive Players of the Week
Weekend of Sept. 1: Tyler Horton, Boise State
Weekend of Sept. 8: Nate Landman, Colorado
Weekend of Sept. 15: Alvin Davis Jr., Akron
Weekend of Sept. 22: Ben Burr-Kirven, Washington
Weekend of Sept. 29: Jerry Tillery, Notre Dame

Related link:
Bronko Nagurski Trophy (All-Time Winners, Finalists and Players of the Week)