Free safety Robert Johnson was named the FWAA National Player of the Week in his first start.
Sept. 18, 2007
Utah free safety Robert Johnson has been named the FWAA/Bronko Nagurski National Defensive Player of the Week for games of the weekend of Sept. 15. Johnson, a 6-3, 185-pound sophomore from Los Angeles, recorded a career-high six tackles (three unassisted), two interceptions, broke up another pass, and forced a UCLA fumble into the end zone for a touchback in Utah's 44-6 victory over UCLA.
His first interception came in the second quarter on Utah's 13-yard line. In the third quarter, Johnson knocked the ball out of UCLA receiver Marcus Everett's hand as he reached for the goal line Johnson intercepted his second pass in the third quarter as the Utes padded their lead.
Johnson will be added to the 2007 Bronko Nagurski Trophy Watch List. The Bronko Nagurski Trophy will be presented to the best defensive player in college football on Dec. 3 by the FWAA and the Charlotte Touchdown Club at the Westin Hotel in Charlotte, N.C.
Each week during the 2007 season the FWAA All-America Committee will select a national defensive player of the week from nominations made by the 11 Division I Bowl Subdivision Conferences and major independents.