Nevada's Cordova national defensive player of week
RENO, Nev. -- Nevada's Jorge Cordova, who leads the NCAA with 10 quarterback sacks, was named Tuesday the national Defensive Player of the Week by the Football Writers Association of America.
Nevada (4-2, 2-0 in the WAC) plays Saturday at Tulsa (3-3, 1-1).
Cordova earlier was selected as the Western Athletic Conference's Defensive Player of the Week, the second time he's won that honor this season, for his play Saturday as the Wolf Pack defeated the Washington Huskies at Seattle, 28-17.
The senior defensive end from Murietta, Calif., had 16 tackles, including five quarterback sacks, forced a fumble and blocked a field goal in what school officials said was one of the biggest upsets in Nevada history.
Nevada's Chris Barry, who blocked two field goals in that game, was named the WAC's special teams player of the week.
"Jorge Cordova had an another unbelievable game," Nevada coach Chris Tormey said. "He is just having a tremendous senior year for us."
Cordova learned Tuesday he had won the Bronko Nagurski National Defensive Player of the Week Award, which a panel of the football writers association selects weekly on behalf of the Charlotte (N.C.) Touchdown Club.
Cordova has had 18.5 sacks in his last 12 games and now has a school-record 28 career sacks for 180 yards. He's on the watch list for the Bronko Nagurski Trophy, which will be presented in Charlotte on Dec. 8 to the best defensive player in college.
Cordova, who was picked as the WAC's preseason defensive player of the year, earlier won the conference award for a stellar performance in the Wolf Pack's loss at Oregon on Sept. 6 when he had 14 tackles.
"He has that tremendous first step," Tormey said. "He puts a lot of pressure on an offensive tackle because he has the speed to get around or he can bull rush inside.
"After the Oregon game I said he played as fine a game at defensive end I had ever seen. Then he goes and betters it against Washington."
Barry, a junior defensive tackle from Tacoma, Wash., added five tackles at Seattle, one for a loss, and had a sack that was nullified by a defensive holding penalty in the secondary.
"Chris Barry also played very well on defense," Tormey said. "He forced a lot of that pressure up the middle and forced things over for Jorge."
Barry is having a fine season as well with 25 tackles, but his efforts have been overlooked with the play of linemates Cordova and Derek Kennard, Jr. Kennard is fourth in the country with seven sacks.
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