Clemson linebacker Shaq Lawson and Alabama linebacker Reggie Ragland are among the five finalists for the Bronko Nagurski Trophy given to the nation's best defensive player.

Penn State defensive end Carl Nassib, Duke safety Jeremy Cash and Temple linebacker Tyler Matakevich are the other finalists for the award.

Lawson has 16½ tackles for loss for the No. 1 Tigers. Ragland leads the No. 3 Tide in tackles and anchors the No. 2 run defense in the country.

Nassib leads the nation in sacks with 15½ and forced fumbles with six. Cash is second in the nation in tackles for loss with 17½. Matakevich is on target for his fourth straight 100-tackle season.

The Nagurski Trophy will be handed out Dec. 7.


•Utah running back Devontae Booker will miss the final two games of the regular season and perhaps the Utes' postseason after having knee surgery.

Booker suffered a torn meniscus and bone bruise in his left knee last week against Arizona.

Booker ranks third in the Pac-12 in rushing yards and second in rushing touchdowns. Booker is third in school history with 2,773 yards rushing.

•Mississippi senior linebacker Denzel Nkemdiche has been hospitalized this week for an undisclosed reason and will not play Saturday against LSU.