July 11, 2013
WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. - The Football Writers Association of America has announced that senior Ricardo Allen has been named to the watch list for the 2013 Bronko Nagurski Trophy.
Allen, a cornerback from Daytona Beach, Fla., owns the Purdue career record with four interceptions returned for touchdowns. A three-year starter for the Boilermakers, Allen has recorded 200 career tackles, including 161 solo stops, with 10.5 tackles for loss and a pair of sacks. He has picked off seven career passes and broken up 11 others. He is a three-time second team All-Big Ten selection.
The FWAA has named 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.