CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) Arizona linebacker Scooby Wright has won the Bronko Nagurski award given to the nation's top college defensive player.
Wright received the award Monday night at a banquet sponsored by the Charlotte Touchdown Club.
Wright was considered a two-star recruit coming out of high school and says the Wildcats were the only FBS school to offer him a scholarship.
The sophomore had 89 tackles - 27 for a loss - and 14 sacks this season, helping the 12th-ranked Wildcats earn a spot in the Fiesta Bowl against Boise State.
Wright says the fact that he wasn't highly recruited ''gave me a chip on my shoulder.''
The other finalists were Texas defensive tackle Malcom Brown, Alabama defensive back Landon Collins, Mississippi defensive back Senquez Golson and Louisville defensive back Gerod Holliman.