June 21, 2010
Marshall University senior linebacker Mario Harvey has been named to the 2010 Bronko Nagurski Trophy Watch List which features the top defensive players in the nation. Harvey is one of the approximately 70 players on the list that will most likely receive the Bronko Nagurski Trophy that is awarded annually to the nation's best defensive player for the Football Writers Association of America and the Charlotte Touchdown Club.
Harvey, a senior from Forsyth, Ga., earned first-team All-Conference USA honors last season by posting a team-high 117 tackles and seven sacks.
Each week during the 2010 season, the FWAA will choose a Defensive Player of the Week. If that player is not on the Watch List, he automatically will be added. The FWAA and the Charlotte Touchdown Club will announce five finalists for the Bronko Nagurski Trophy on November 18.
The annual Bronko Nagurski Trophy Banquet will be on December 6 at the Westin Hotel in Charlotte, N.C. Besides the 2010 winner being announced, the banquet will also celebrate the winner of the Bronko Nagurski Legends Award, presented by CSX Intermodal. Defensive tackle Mike McCoy, a standout for Notre Dame, is being honored from the FWAA's 1969 All-America team.
Marshall's Johnathan Goddard was a Nagurski Trophy Finalist in 2004, when the All-American led the nation with 16 sacks and 28.5 tackles for loss.