BATON ROUGE -- The list of preseason accolades for LSU's LaRon Landry continued on Thursday as he was one of 56 players from across the nation named to the Bronko Nagurski Trophy Watch List, the Football Writers Association of America announced.
The Bronko Nagurski Trophy, awarded to the best defensive player in college football, has been a staple of the FWAA's awards since 1993. It is sponsored by the Charlotte Touchdown Club, which has held the annual awards banquet since 1995.
Former LSU standout Chad Lavalais was a finalist for the Nagurski Trophy during the Tigers' national championship season in 2003.
Landry, a senior free safety from Ama, La., is one of six players from the Southeastern Conference named to the list. He is joined on the 56-man list by linebacker Will Herring (Auburn), defensive end Quentin Moses (Georgia), linebacker Sam Olajubutu (Arkansas), linebacker Brandon Siler (Florida), and linebacker Patrick Willis (Ole Miss).
Heading into his final season with the Tigers, Landry has already been named first-team preseason All-America by Athlon Sports, Lindy's Magazine and Blue Ribbon Magazine. He's a second-team preseason All-America pick by the Sporting News.
Landry, who enters his fourth season as a starter in the secondary for the Tigers, has 241 career tackles to his credit along with 12.5 sacks and nine interceptions. Dating back to the 2003 season, Landry has started in 35 straight games.
Landry earned third-team All-America honors from the Associated Press following the 2005 season as well as being a first-team all-conference pick. He was named second-team All-SEC in both 2003 and 2004.
The FWAA All-America Committee selects the Bronko Nagurski winner from the association's 11-man All-America defensive team in late November. Players may be added from the Bronko Nagurski Watch List during the course of the 2005 season.
For the sixth straight season, the FWAA will select Bronko Nagurski National Defensive Players of the Week, beginning with games the week of Sept. 2 and running through the middle of November. Each national player of the week will be added to the trophy's watch list throughout the season.
The 2006 banquet is set for Monday, Dec. 4, at the Westin Hotel in Charlotte, where five finalists will vie for the prize. Louisville defensive end Elvis Dumervil won the 2005 Bronko Nagurski Trophy.