DALLAS (FWAA) – Iowa middle linebacker Jack Campbell recovered a fumble midway through the third quarter that helped rally the Hawkeyes from a halftime deficit and keep them undefeated at 4-0 with a 24-14 home win over Colorado State. That takeaway – plus a career-high 18 tackles and three pass breakups – earned Campbell the Bronko Nagurski National Defensive Player of the Week honor for games of the weekend of Sept. 25, as selected by the Football Writers Association of America.
This is the fourth time for an Iowa player to earn this weekly honor and the first since linebacker Josey Jewell in 2017. The Hawkeyes have had two Bronko Nagurski Trophy finalists in the past four seasons – tackle Daviyon Nixon in 2020 and Jewell in 2017 – as well as linebacker Pat Angerer as a finalist in 2009. Campbell will be added to this season’s Bronko Nagurski Trophy watch list.
Campbell, a 6-5, 243-pound junior from Cedar Falls, Iowa, posted seven solo tackles among the 18 total and the fumble recovery was his second of the season. Colorado State held a 14-7 lead at the half before Yahya Black forced a fumble midway through the third quarter. Campbell recovered at the Rams’ six-yard line, and Tyrone Tracy Jr. scored on the next play to tie the game and Iowa pulled away from there.
It was the second game-changing fumble recovery for Campbell. The other scored a touchdown in Iowa’s 27-17 earlier win over Iowa State. Campbell leads the Hawkeyes with 43 tackles with 19 solo stops. He has forced a fumble as well and has 1.5 tackles for loss. The three pass breakups were his first of the season.
Iowa (4-0, 1-0 Big Ten) travels to Maryland (4-0, 1-0) for a primetime showcase Friday at 8 p.m. on FS1.
The FWAA has chosen a National Defensive Player of the Year since 1993. In 1995, the FWAA named the award in honor of the legendary two-way player from the University of Minnesota. Nagurski dominated college football then became a star for professional football’s Chicago Bears in the 1930s. Bronislaw “Bronko” Nagurski is a charter member of both the College Football and Pro Football Halls of Fame.
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