Eric Reid named Nagurski Defensive Player of the Week

Courtesy Michael Bonnette/LSU Sports Information
LSU safety Eric Reid

BATON ROUGE - LSU safety Eric Reid, a former Dutchtown High standout, picked up a national award on Tuesday as he was named the Bronko Nagurski National Defensive Player of the Week by the Football Writers Association of America.

On Monday, Reid earned both Southeastern Conference and Louisiana Defensive Player of the Week honors for his play in LSU's 9-6 overtime win over second-ranked Alabama.

Reid, a native of Geismar, played a significant role in LSU limiting Alabama to season lows for points (6), total yards (295) and rushing yards (96). The six points were the fewest for the Crimson Tide under Nick Saban.

Reid had six tackles, including one for a 6-yard loss, and a key interception in the victory. Reid's interception came at the LSU 1-yard line in the fourth quarter after Alabama had driven inside the Tiger 30-yard line. Reid also forced a fumble in the victory.

Reid will now be added to the 2011 Bronko Nagurski Trophy Watch List. The Bronko Nagurski Trophy will be presented to the best defensive player in college football on Dec. 12 by the FWAA and the Charlotte Touchdown Club at the Westin Hotel in Charlotte, N.C. Five finalists for the Nagurski Trophy will be announced on Nov. 17.

Each week during the 2011 season the FWAA All-America Committee has selected a national defensive player of the week from nominations made by the 11 Division I Bowl Subdivision Conferences and major independents.