Photo gallery: Eddie Robinson Coach of the Year reception for Iowa’s Kirk Ferentz

These photos were taken at a reception honoring Iowa’s Kirk Ferentz as winner of the FWAA’s Eddie Robinson Coach of the Year Award.  The reception took place at the J.W. Marriott in Scottsdale, Ariz., on Jan. 9, 2016.

Photo gallery: Bronko Nagurski Trophy presentation

These pictures, from the Dec. 7 banquet for the presentation of the Bronko Nagurski Trophy to Temple senior linebacker Tyler Matakevich, were provided by the Charlotte Touchdown Club and Treasured Events of Charlotte.  Matakevich is the 23rd winner of the Bronko Nagurski Trophy, which goes annually to FWAA’s selection as the best defensive player in college football.

Photo gallery: College Football Awards Show in Atlanta

Photo gallery: Outland Trophy banquet

These pictures were taken at the Outland Trophy presentation banquet on Jan. 15 at the Doubletree Hotel in downtown Omaha.  Brandon Scherff became the fourth Iowa player to win the award and the second under Iowa coach Kirk Ferentz.  Ross Browner, the 1976 winner at Notre Dame, received his trophy, and former Nebraska offensive line coach Milt Tenopir was honored with the inaugural Tom Osborne Legacy Award for contributions to line play.

 

Photo gallery: FWAA annual meeting, breakfast

There photos by Melissa Macatee were shot at the FWAA’s annual meeting and breakfast on Tuesday Jan. 13, 2015, in Dallas.

Photo gallery: FWAA Past Presidents Dinner

These photos were taken by Melissa Macatee at the FWAA Past President’s Dinner on Nov. 9 at the Dallas Country Club.

Photo gallery: FWAA Eddie Robinson Coach of the Year reception

TCU Coach Gary Patterson received the FWAA Eddie Robinson Coach of the Year Award on Saturday Jan. 10 in Dallas. Photos by Melissa Macatee.

Photos from the Outland Trophy presentation at the College Football Awards Show

Scenes from the Outland Trophy presentation and the College Football Awards Show at the Atlantic Dance Hall on the Boardwalk at Walt Disney World.

Arizona linebacker Scooby Wright III wins Bronko Nagurski Trophy

Arizona linebacker Scooby Wright, winner of the 2014 Bronko Nagurski Trophy. (Photo by Ron & Donna Deshaies/Treasured Events of Charlotte)

Arizona linebacker Scooby Wright, III winner of the 2014 Bronko Nagurski Trophy.

CHARLOTTE – Arizona linebacker Scooby Wright III claimed the Bronko Nagurski Trophy on Monday night, winning the Football Writers Association of America’s annual award for the top defensive player in the country.

Wright, a 6-1, 246-pound sophomore, accepted the award at the event that has been sponsored by the Charlotte Touchdown Club for 20 consecutive years. He becomes the second Arizona player to win the award after the inaugural winner Rob Waldrop in 1993 and the first Pac-12 player to claim it since Terrell Suggs of Arizona State in 2002. Wright is just the second sophomore to win the award, joining Ohio State linebacker James Laurinaitis, the 2006 winner.

Wright has gone from a player recruited by only a few schools – a two-star recruit on the West Coast – to a tackling machine at Arizona (10-3), ranked 10th in the final College Football Playoff rankings.

“I say thank you all to my teammates and coaches,” Wright said. “Football is a team game. I accept this on behalf of the Arizona football program.”

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2013 FWAA award photos