Bronko Nagurski Award finalists announced

Five of the country’s best defensive college football players have been nominated for the Bronko Nagurski Award, which will be presented Dec. 8 at the Westin hotel in uptown Charlotte.

Texas tackle Malcolm Brown, Alabama defensive back Landon Collins, Mississippi defensive back Senquez Golson, Louisville defensive back Gerod Holliman and Arizona linebacker Scooby Wright are finalists for the award, which goes to the nation’s top defender.

Louisville’s Holliman (13) and Ole Miss’ Golson (nine) are 1-2 nationally in interceptions. Arizona’s Wright leads the nation with 21 tackles for loss and is tied for third with 12 sacks.

Brown has 6.5 sacks and has recovered one fumble for the Longhorns. Alabama’s Collins has three interceptions and five pass breakups.

Alabama coach Nick Saban will be the keynote speaker at the banquet, which will be televised Dec. 12 at 8 p.m. on the CBS Sports Network. Former Maryland and Dallas Cowboy defensive lineman Randy White will receive the Bronko Nagurski Legends Award. Former Carolina Panthers quarterback Steve Beuerlein will be master of ceremonies.