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Nagurski Trophy finalists announced

Representing five different conferences, the five finalists for the 2020 Bronko Nagurski Trophy were announced on Wednesday.

Honoring the best defensive player in college football, the award has been presented annually since 1993 by the Football Writers Association of America and the Charlotte Touchdown Club. The winner will be announced on Dec. 23.

Cornerback Patrick Surtain II of No. 1 Alabama and linebacker Jeremiah Owusu-Koramoah of No. 2 Notre Dame lead the finalists, along with Coastal Carolina defensive end Tarron Jackson, Tulsa linebacker Zaven Collins and Iowa defensive tackle Daviyon Nixon.

Surtain, a Crimson Tide junior, has 27 tackles, two tackles for loss and one interception in nine games this season. Opponents have only targeted him 36 times with just 14 completions and one touchdown.

Owusu-Koramoah, a senior, has 49 tackles, nine tackles for loss, 1.5 sacks, three forced fumbles, two fumble recoveries and an interception in 10 games for the Fighting Irish.

Jackson, a senior, leads the Chanticleers with 8.5 sacks and 12.5 tackles for loss through 10 games.

Collins, a junior, has four interceptions — two returned for touchdowns — to go along with 51 tackles and four sacks in seven games for the Golden Hurricane.

Nixon, a Hawkeyes junior, has tallied 5.5 sacks, 13.0 tackles for loss, one interception and one forced fumble in seven games.

Ohio State defensive end Chase Young took home the Nagurski Trophy in 2019.

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