The University of Louisville announced today that their star safety Gerod Holliman has been named one of the five finalists for the prestigious Bronco Nagurski Award. Holliman, who tied an NCAA record with 14 interceptions two weeks ago against Boston College, has been a revelation in the secondary for Louisville and he’s gone from a minor contributor to a projected first round NFL draft pick. The Nagurski Award is given out each year to the nation’s top defensive player (regardless of position) and will be presented to the recipient during a ceremony held by the Charlotte Touchdown Club on December 8th. Joining Holliman as finalists are Texas defensive tackle Malcolm Brown, Alabama defensive back Landon Collins, Ole Miss defensive back Senquez Golson and Arizona linebacker Scooby Wright.
The Bronko Nagurski Trophy, presented annually to the nation’s top NCAA defensive football player, will be awarded during the annual Bronko Nagurski Awards Banquet presented by ACN scheduled for Monday, December 8th at The Westin Hotel in Charlotte.
Holliman has had a remarkable season in leading the Louisville defense to atop of the national rankings and a 7-3 record heading into this weekend’s game at Notre Dame. He looks to become the second winner of this award, as former defensive end Elvis Dumervil won accolades in 2005.
A product of Miami, Fla., Holliman leads the nation in interceptions with 13, already tying the ACC record for interceptions in a season. He also needs one more interception to tie the 46-year NCAA record held by Al Worley of Washington, who tallied 14 picks in 1968.
“Gerod has had a remarkable season,” head coach Bobby Petrino said. “He has shown an ability to read routes and make plays on the football. It’s a tribute to his understanding of the game and working within the framework of the defense. He’s been exciting to watch this season.”
Holliman, who broke Anthony’s Floyd’s school record on 10 set back in 2000, recorded a career-high three interceptions in the win over Boston College on Nov. 8. It marked the fourth time this season that Holliman registered multiple interceptions in a game and the eighth time this season that he recorded an interception in a game.