Statistically, Hunter Dimick more than belongs with the finalists of the Bronko Nagurski Award.
The Bronko Nagurski award is given annually to the best defensive player in college football. The five finalists were announced on Thursday, and the award will be given at a banquet in Charlotte on December 5th.
Utah’s Hunter Dimick has had an incredible season, with an exclamation point last Thursday against Arizona State. Statistically, he matches up (to say the least) with the other players on the final five list. He has more sacks than the two other defensive end candidates combined, owns more tackles-for-a-loss than all the candidates, and would rank third in total tackles if he were on the list. Dimick also has more quarterback pressures than anyone in the country with 64.
Why isn’t he included? You can be the judge of that.
DE Jonathan Allen – Alabama
40 tackles, 7.5 TFL, 7 sacks (6 solo)
LB Reuben Foster – Alabama
70 tackles, 7 TFL, 2 sacks
CB Tavaris McFadden – Florida State
LB Jabrill Peppers – Michigan
59 tackles, 14 TFL, 3 sacks
DE Christian Wilkins – Clemson
38 tackles, 11 TFL, 3.5 sacks
Hunter Dimick – Utah
47 tackles, 17.5 TFL, 12 sacks
Sean O’Connell and Brian Swinney agreed that Dimick got snubbed.