Wed, Dec 6, 2023 11:48 AM
By STEVE REED, AP Sports Writer
CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) — Notre Dame safety Xavier Watts has won the Bronko Nagurski Award given to the nation’s top defensive player. The award was presented at the annual ceremony put on by the Charlotte Touchdown Club on Monday night. Watts has an FBS-leading seven interceptions this season for the Fighting Irish, along with 47 tackles. Other finalists for the award were Iowa cornerback Cooper DeJean, Illinois defensive tackle Jer’Zhan Newton, Georgia safety Malaki Starks and North Carolina State linebacker Payton Wilson.