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July 12, 2012

Charlottesville, Va. – Virginia senior linebacker Steve Greer has been named to the 2012 Bronko Nagurski Trophy Watch List, announced Thursday by the Football Writers Association of America (FWAA). One of the more than 84 players on the list most likely will receive the trophy, which is awarded annually to the nation’s best defensive player by the FWAA and the Charlotte Touchdown Club. With Greer’s name on the 2012 list, UVa has placed a Cavalier on the Nagurski Watch List in every season since 2004.The trophy has been presented since 1993 and is awarded in memory of the legendary Nagurski, an All-American lineman at Minnesota in 1927-29 and a star for professional football’s Chicago Bears in the 1930s.

Greer (Solon, Ohio) earned his second-career All-ACC honor in 2011 (second team) after being named to the honorable mention team in 2009. Greer led UVa and was seventh in the ACC with 103 tackles. Greer was named ACC Linebacker of the Week following his two-sack performance at then-No. 23 Florida State and led UVa in tackles in 8-of-12 games. Greer started all 12 regular season games before missing the Chick-fil-A Bowl with an injury. Greer is also on the Lott IMPACT Trophy watch list.

Players may be added or deleted to the Bronko Nagurski Watch List during the season. Each week during the 2012 season, the FWAA will choose a Defensive Player of the Week. If that player is not on the Watch List, he automatically will be added. The FWAA and the Charlotte Touchdown Club will announce five finalists for the Bronko Nagurski Trophy on Nov. 15.

The annual Bronko Nagurski Trophy Banquet will be Dec. 3 at the Westin Hotel in Charlotte, N.C. Besides the 2012 winner being announced, the banquet will also celebrate the recipient of the Bronko Nagurski Legends Award presented by Florida East Coast Railway. Nebraska’s Larry Jacobson, an end from the FWAA’s 1971 All-American team, will be honored. Notre Dame head coach Brian Kelly will be the keynote speaker at the banquet.

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