Georgia outside linebacker Justin Houston, who leads the SEC in sacks, today was named one of five finalists for the Bronko Nagurski Trophy, which goes to college football’s top defensive player each year.
Among the other finalists: Auburn defensive tackle Nick Fairley.
In fact, all five finalists are from the SEC and ACC. Houston and Fairley are joined by LSU cornerback Patrick Peterson, Clemson defensive end Da’Quan Bowers and Boston College linebacker Luke Kuechly.
The award is presented by the Football Writers Association of America and the Charlotte Touchdown Club. The winner will be named on Dec. 6.
Georgia has had only one Nagurski Trophy winner: Champ Bailey in 1998.
Houston, a junior from Statesboro, has 10 sacks and 17.5 tackles for loss this season.