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NC State’s Bradley Chubb named finalist for Bronko Nagurski Award

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A well-earned distinction for the senior defensive end.

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The Bronko Nagurski Award is given annually to the individual deemed the best defensive player in college football by the Football Writer’s Association of America, and there’s no question Bradley Chubb is right near the top of that list. He is one of five finalists for the award.

The other finalists: Alabama safety Minkah Fitzpatrick, Georgia linebacker Roquan Smith, Iowa linebacker Josey Jewell (good name!), and Houston DT Ed Oliver.

If Chubb keeps putting up the kind of numbers he produced at Boston College last weekend, it’d be hard to give this trophy to anybody else. He had eight tackles in that game, including 4 TFL, and 2.5 sacks, plus a forced fumble. That’s a pretty good afternoon.

Chubb ranks first among FBS players with 23.5 tackles for loss on the season and as fourth nationally 10 sacks—though that ranks first among power-conference players. He’s got a couple more games to make that resume look even better.